How do I define user accounts?
User accounts are necessary before
password-protecting your files.
You can define users in one of two ways:
> Using the Manage >> Define users menu
> Letting Windows 2000, XP, etc. manage users for you
The Manage >> Define users menu lets you
create user-names and passwords which you can distribute to
colleagues and/or friends.
[New feature] BadBlue can also recognize users defined in your
How can I define users in Windows?
Depending upon the version of Windows, you can define users through:
> Control Panel >> Users (or User Accounts)
> Microsoft Management Console's Local Users and Groups snap-in
> Microsoft Management Console's Active Directory Users snap-in
BadBlue will recognize Windows users as valid accounts for use of
the server, if you've decided to
password-protect certain folders
How do I remotely administer BadBlue?
From the Manage >> Define users tab,
create a user-name, password and also check the
Remote administrator? checkbox.
If you check the Remote administrator box, that
user account will be permitted to use the Manage tab
from other computers (caution: only check this box for yourself
or other highly trusted users).
How does Password-protection work with users?
The Manage >> Password-protect files menu
Choose a shared area
The Shared area field lets you select from one
of the shared
areas that you have defined using the Manage menu (Setup search tab or
Setup folders tab).
The Choose users lets you specify one or more
users (e.g., Arnold,Jeb,Michael) who will have access to the
shared area. Note that if more than one name is listed, each name
should be separated by a comma.
Note: if you leave the Choose users field blank,
any logged-in user will have access to the shared area...
but they will still be required to log-in first. Leaving the
Choose users field blank is an easy way to let any
valid user access the area, but still deny access to anonymous users
(who have not logged-in).
You can choose user names that you have defined in BadBlue
or users that are defined on the local Windows system.
Can each user have their own area for uploads?
Yes! [New feature] If you would like users to have secure
upload/download capability in their own folders - keeping their
files separate from one another - you can simply change BadBlue's
upload type. See the Upload FAQ
page for more information.
|Do external users see my Manage and Help tabs?
No! Starting with version 2.61, remote users can not see either the Manage or the Help tabs.
Consider the following example. When you run access BadBlue locally (meaning you use the browser-
based interface on the same machine where BadBlue is installed), you will see both the Manage
and Help tabs:
Remote users, however, will see a slightly different main page. Instead of seeing all of the tabs,
they will only see a minimal set:
How do Remote Administrators get to the Manage Tab?
Great question! If you've configured yourself to be a Remote Adminitrator, how do you get to the Manage
tab, since it doesn't appear to remote users? There is still a link to the Manage tab
available. Notice the red arrow near the bottom left of the screen shot, below.
If you've set up a user account as a remote administrator, clicking on this small link at the bottom lefthand
side of the page will allow you to perform remote management, once you've logged on correctly.
|What are 'named users' in BadBlue Enterprise Edition?
For most of BadBlue's features, you can define and use as many user accounts as you need.
However, to take advantage of BadBlue's Excel collaboration features,
you will need to have licenses for each 'named user account' that will access
For example, say you've defined user accounts for Alice, Bob, Carol
and David. If all four users are going to update Excel spreadsheets, you will need
at least four (4) 'named user' licenses.
In BadBlue Enterprise Edition, you can review your current licensed user count --
and add purchased licenses -- using:
Help >> Manage user licenses
BadBlue Enterprise Edition, by itself, includes a single named-user license for Excel
collaboration. You can purchase additional User Expansion Packs
to add to the current licensed user count.
Purchase User Expansion Packs
If you have questions about licensing or need to purchase bulk quantities of licenses,
please email the Sales Department.