Publishing Network File Shares for Workspot Clients using RDS

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Overview
Content Repositories are the ideal choice when publishing a Network File Share seamlessly through Workspot across all client platforms.

However, there are numerous benefits to using Windows native File Explorer application. Primarily, editing documents with apps local to the RDS host. Separate configurations are required to publish Network File Shares as RemoteApps; one for Windows and another for Macs. Both are outlined in this article.

When publishing shares using RDS, note the following:

  • Files from the share can be directly viewed or edited on the RDS server for any file type associated with an application installed on the server.
  • When a file is opened, it will appear in a new window.
  • On the Mac, closing the Windows Explorer window will close all open windows.
  • On Windows, each open window must be closed individually.
  • Closing the app in Workspot will suspend the session; on reconnect, all open windows will be restored on either platform.
  • Files can be copied to the local PC if cut and paste is enabled in the user's associated Security Policy in Workspot Control. However, unlike the Content Repository feature on iOS and Android, files copied to the local PC are not encrypted or stored within the Workspot client.
  • Files can always be copied from the local PC to the file share if set policies allow.

Network File Shares for Windows Clients
These are the steps to publish Network File Shares to the Workspot Windows Client. This example is using a standalone 2012 R2 RDS server.

  1. On the RDS server or collection, add the RemoteApp from c:\windows\explorer.exe.
  2. Right-click on the explorer RemoteApp and edit the properties, select "Allow any comand-line arguments" and click OK.



  3. In Workspot Control, select Apps > Add Application, then configure as shown below.
    • For Server Type: Choose Microsoft Remote Desktop, RDS 2008 or 2012 farm depending on the environment where explorer.exe is published.
    • To customize the icon, download this file https://workspot.zendesk.com/hc/en-us/article_attachments/202003583/Windows_Explorer_Icon.png then upload by clicking Upload an Icon.
    • For the Program Name, specify the full path to explorer RemoteApp followed by the NFS UNC path in quotes, c:\windows\explorer.exe "\\FS1\Public".
    • Add to the appropriate bundle.
    • Under Target Platforms, deselect iOS, Android, and OSX target platforms, leaving only the Windows platform checked, then click Add Application.

Network File Shares for Mac Clients
These are the steps to publish Network File Shares to the Workspot Mac Client. This example is from a standalone 2012R2 RDS server.

  1. Download the script file from https://workspot.zendesk.com/hc/en-us/article_attachments/202003983/fileexplorer.cmd, create the directory c:\script and upload this file to the RDS host.
  2. On the RDS server or collection, add the RemoteApp from c:\script\fileexplorer.cmd.
  3. Right-click on the fileexplorer RemoteApp and edit the properties, select "Allow any comand-line arguments" and click OK.



  4. In Workspot Control, select Apps > Add Application, then configure as shown below.
    • For Server Type: Choose Microsoft Remote Desktop, RDS 2008 or 2012 farm depending on the environment where fileexplorer.cmd is published.
    • To customize the icon, download this file https://workspot.zendesk.com/hc/en-us/article_attachments/202003583/Windows_Explorer_Icon.png then upload by clicking Upload an Icon.
    • For the Program Name, specify the full path to the fileexplorer RemoteApp followed by the NFS UNC path in quotes, e.g. c:\script\fileexplorer.cmd "\\FS1\Public".
    • Select to add to the appropriate bundle.
    • Under Target Platforms, deselect iOS, Android, and Windows target platforms, leaving only the OSX platform checked, then click Add Application.

 

 

 

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