Cortado Corporate Server 6.0

Cortoda is a company, which has focused on BYOD / MDM solutions. They have a Drop box-alike solution which I have blogged about earlier, called Cortado Workplace, an excellent HTML5 based solution.
https://msandbu.wordpress.com/2012/08/06/cortado-workplace/

They also have a product called Corporate Server which includes features like.
* HTML5 website for remote access to files and folders
* Ability for users to print documents directly from the web portal
* The ability to manage iOS and Android devices as a part of the MDM solution.
* You can also edit and open documents directly from the web portal.
* Ability to send files as e-mail directly from the portal
* Administrators can also change settings to the setup directly from a web console.

It has a lot of impressive features, so I’ve given it a test drive.
You can download a Corporate Server trial from Cortado’s website –>
http://www.cortado.com/euen/EN/Products/CortadoCorporateServer/Overview.aspx

NOTE: I don’t have an android or and iOS device (or a blackberry for that matter) so I’ve focused on reviewing the other features.

Requirements for Cortodo server are:
■ Cortado server
Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1
with 2 GB of free space on hard drive
• Windows service PRINT SPOOLER should not be disabled.
■ Internet Explorer 9 must not be installed. If necessary, please uninstall Internet
Explorer 9 and use Internet Explorer 8 instead.
■ SQL Server
• With the installation of Cortado Corporate Server, a Microsoft SQL Server
2008 R2 Express is installed. If you have it installed already, you need at least
an SQL Server 2008 R2 Express SP1.

NOTE: You need to create an service account for when you install Cortado. This service account, requires local administrator rights on the installing server and a regular access in AD.
NOTE: You also need to allow Domain Users to run as a batch job via Group Policy, since Cortado automatically carries out all actions on behalf of the user.

The installation is pretty straight forward,
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Now you might think why It needs OpenOffice? I believe it uses it to render the documents for online vieweing.
After you installed these you might need to restart a couple of times.

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(First of you get a readiness check if your server doesn’t meet the requirements. )
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Choose demo mode and press next –>

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Choose WITH SQL Database,
(This will install an SQL Express on the local server)

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Now after the components are finished installing (and a couple of restarts) you get to this configuration screen (You can start this by pressing the start button –> Cortado –> Configuration Assistant –>

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On this part you should have your own public certificates for use. But since this is an internal lab I choose self-signed.

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Now for the purpose of the install, I’ve created an service account named Cortado which I’m using for the installation.
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After that you get a summary screen, then press Proceed.
And it will start configuring.

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NOTE: I got an error during the configuration because I didn’t have the virtual computer connected to the internet. and during the configuration Cortado tried to download some HP printer drivers.

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After that is done, remember to check the next steps and click Close.
Now we can enter the management console.

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You can open the management console from the start meny or open a browser and point it to http://localhost:82/fw
(Depending on the SSL configuration you set)

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Here you need to login with the service account you used during the installation.
And the site also check if caps lock is active or not Smile

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This is the Management Console –>

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Now what we are going to do now, is import a user from active directory (named bill) assign him a folder on a share and deploy some printers to him.

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Now that I have imported a user, I can add a network drive to that user. And after that I’d add some printers as well, just the Microsoft XPS, and the NOVA Pdf option as I don’t have any physical printers in my test enviroment Smile
So for the regular user open a browser and open http://localhost/cortadoexplorer

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Now as you can see the folders that I mapped up for the user bill appear,

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I can also drag and drop new files into the website and they will get automatically uploaded.

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And as I mentioned before I can open files directly in the browser, like PDF , DOCX etc.

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And I have the option to print files directly to a printer which I as administrator can control Smile
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Now I like the fact that the management console is purely HTML5 based, which allows me to do changes and such from any device (tablet alike)
I have only explored a little bit of the functions here, I try to write more about this product later.

#byod, #corporate-server, #cortado, #html5, #mdm