Managing File System

The File System node is very similar to Windows Explorer as it allows you not only to view a device's complete directory structure with its files but also to manipulate them, that is, to copy, move, rename and delete directories and files. It also allows you to edit individual text files within the privacy restrictions set up by the user/administrator of the managed device.

It displays the following information about all the directories and files:

Parameter

Description

File Name

The fields in this column list all subdirectories and files contained in the directory or disk.

Size

These fields display the size of the respective file.

Access

This column displays the access rights for the related file or directory. Accesses can be Read-only, Read, Write, neither or both.

Last Modification Time

This field shows the date and time of the last modification of the respective directory or file, in the default format defined in the user preferences.

The following topics provide information about managing file system:

Adding as managed application

Applications can be managed in via the Application Monitoring node. This means, software applications can be monitored when they are used and how often, they can be prohibited from starting and they may be protected, that is, they will heal themselves if they become corrupted in any way. You can add a software directly from this view to the list of managed applications. Only applications of type Application or Browser, which contain all required information to be managed, can be added. If an application listed in the software inventory does not provide all necessary information, or its type is MSI or Add/Remove Programs, this option will not be available. To add an application for managing proceed as follows:

  1. In the list of applications select the application(s) to be added to the list of managed applications.
  2. Select Edit> Add as Managed Application.
    A confirmation window appears.
  3. In this window you can define the folder into which the application is to be added. By default it is added directly under the main application list node. To add it to another folder click the icon to the right (...). The Select Folder window appears displaying the folder hierarchy. If the desired target folder does not yet exist you can also create new folders. To do so first select the parent folder of the new one and then select click New Folder below the hierarchy. The Properties dialog box appears. Enter the desired data into the respective text boxes and then click OK at the bottom of the window to confirm the new application list folder. Select the target folder and click OK to confirm and to close the window.
  4. An Information window will now appear in which you can also directly add the selected application to an existing application list. Click Yes to do so, No to only add the application to the application catalog.
  5. If you selected Yes, the Assign an Application List dialog box appears providing the list of existing application lists.
  6. Select the desired application list from one of the lists available in the window.
  7. Click OK at the bottom of the window to confirm.
  8. If the application list is already assigned to a device or group, a Confirmation dialog box appears, in which you can define to directly reactivate the application list for its assigned objects.

Creating directory

You can add directories to the file structure of the managed remote device. To do so, proceed as follows:

  1. Select the directory under which the new directory is to be placed.
  2. Click Edit> Create Directory.
    The Create a New Directory pop-up dialog box opens.
  3. Enter a name for the new directory then click OK to confirm your addition, otherwise click Cancel.

Running a file

You can directly execute a program on the remote device. To do so, proceed as follows:

  1. Select the executable file to be run in the right window pane.
  2. Click Edit> Run.
    The Execution Parameters pop-up dialog box opens.
  3. Either enter the parameters with which the program is to be executed in the Command Line Parameters box or, if it does not need any, leave the text box blank
  4. Click OK to confirm the execution.

Editing a file

Text files with a size smaller than 200KB may be directly edited in the console. To do so, proceed as follows:

  1. In the table in the right window pane select the text file to be edited.
  2. Select Edit> Edit File.
    An Edit Text File window opens on the screen with the contents of the file.
  3. Make all necessary changes to the file.
  4. Click OK at the bottom of the window to confirm the modifications and to close the window.

Transferring files between the devices

You can also retrieve the test.txt file from the remote device and save it on your local device.

  1. Select File Transfer .
    The File Transfer window opens on the screen. This window allows you to copy files from the local to the remove device and vice versa.
  2. Find the source file, that is, the test.txt file to be copied in the tree hierarchy of the remote device and select it.
  3. Select the target directory, that is, c:/temp on your local device.
  4. Click the arrow between the two boxes to start the transfer.

    The transfer can be stopped and thus the file copy being cancelled by clicking Cancel the current transfer .

  5. Select Close at the bottom of the window when all required files were transferred.
  6. You can delete the test.txt file on the remote device in the same way as you would do on your local device.
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