Acronis Files Connect (ExtremeZ-IP) makes easy to connect Macs to Windows File Servers and NAS. With Acronis Files Connect, Windows computers can provide Apple Filing Protocol (AFP) file sharing and IP-printing to Macintosh computers. Also it can provide TCP/IP, and AppleTalk print services.
At its core, it is an AFP server that runs on your Windows server and enables Macs to connect to file shares and NAS via Apple Filing Protocol (AFP) instead of the Server Message Block (SMB) protocol.
When Mac users try to access Windows file servers and NAS devices, they typically suffer from poor performance, data integrity issues, slow searches, and many other problems. Acronis Files Connect solves these problems.
The program allows Mac users to connect and mount directories on a Windows file server just as if they also were native AppleShare volumes.
Acronis Files Connect (formerly ExtremeZ-IP) is optimized to provide the fastest file and print services available. That resolve common Mac/ Window file sharing issues. It also provides support for Apple technologies such as Network Spotlight full-content search and Time Machine backup.
Acronis Files Connect Key Features:
- AFP connection to file shares. With AFC, Macs connect to and mount file shares on Windows file servers and NAS as native AFP volumes. This allows Mac users to continue using the same tools and applications for accessing servers and printers.
- Full content Spotlight searching. AFC links Mac Spotlight to a server-side index that seamlessly integrates with the native Windows Search service. Or a built-in Acronis content indexer. Acronis Content Indexing can index filenames and content on any file share, including non-Windows and NAS devices.
- File access for mobile devices. Seamless file access is also provided for mobile devices (iOS, Android, and Windows Phone) with intuitive browsing, searching, previewing, editing, and automatic synchronization.
- ShadowConnect. By leveraging the Microsoft’s Shadow Copy (VSS), ShadowConnect brings the ability to restore previous versions of files to Mac users, while providing enhanced browsing capabilities that make it easier than ever to find the file they’re looking for.
- Time Machine backup to file shares. Mac users’ documents can be automatically backed up to a Windows file server or NAS. And users can selectively restore previous versions directly from their desktop, without help desk intervention.
- Network Reshare and DFS support. With the Network Reshare feature, Mac clients can use AFP file sharing to connect to one Acronis server. Also it can access files and folders located on additional SMB file servers and NAS devices, as well as Distributed File System (DFS) file shares.
- File name policies support. You can configure to prevent the Mac client from actively saving, creating, or renaming files with characters that are “illegal” in Microsoft applications. Or with file name and path lengths that can cause issues for Windows users.
Changes in Acronis Files Connect 11.2 (January 31, 2023):
Version 11.2 adds support for the following operating systems:
- Windows Server 2022 Standard & Datacenter editions
- macOS 13 Ventura
- Updated the Acronis Content Indexing engine to use version 2021.02 of dtSearch.
- Added a warning in Files Connect Administrator, to be displayed on service start or volume creation when the SYSTEM account doesn’t have Full Control access to the entire folder hierarchy of shared volumes.
- Introduced the ability to select and close a few files only in the “Files Opened by Macintosh Users” dialog box.
- New option to select and disconnect certain users from the “Users” dialog box.
- Fixed an issue blocking the access to and search in files with diacritical Japanese characters in their name.
- On non-English systems, the “Use current credentials” Kerberos single sign-on feature of the AFC Mac Client app doesn’t work.
- Kerberos single sign-on doesn’t work on a cluster with Network Reshare volumes when using an Active Directory service account to run the Acronis Files Connect service.
- Version 11.2 is the last version to support the following:
- Network Home Directories, as this feature no longer works on macOS.
- Zidget dashboard widget. The Acronis Files Connect Mac Client app is supported on macOS 10.10 Yosemite through macOS 13 Ventura and customers are encouraged to consider it.
Changes in Acronis Files Connect 11.1 (April 12, 2022):
Adds support for the following operating systems:
- macOS 12 Monterey
- The Acronis Files Connect Mac client app now supports:
- adding a printer from a web page
- organizing the display of print queues by locations when configured on the server(s)
- update in the Acronis Content Indexing engine to use version 7.97 of dtSearch.
- Files that have quotation marks in their name will now be returned in search results
- By default, searches will now return all matches, including any text with diacritical marks (such as accents, rings, curls, hooks, tildes, superscript or subscript dots, etc). To enable exact matching, refer to the “dtSearchIndexIsAccentSensitive” feature on the “Spotlight Registry Keys – Refreshable” page at https://www.acronis.com/support/documentation/AcronisFilesConnect/#32091.html
- A backslash in the search field no longer leads to search with no results
- The Acronis Files Connect Mac client app can now configure a printer that uses a custom PPD when HSTS is enabled
- With the release of Files Connect 11.1, support for Windows Server 2008 R2 has ended. Acronis Files Connect 11.0.1 was the last version to support it.
- Acronis ArchiveConnect is no longer supported.
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Supported Operating Systems:
- 2019 Standard & Datacenter
- 2016 Standard & Datacenter & Essentials
- 2012 R2 Standard & Datacenter & Essentials
- 2012 Standard & Datacenter & Essentials
- 2008 R2 Service Pack 1
- 2011 Small Business Server Standard Update Rollup 3
- Windows Storage Server 2016
- Windows Storage Server 2012 R2
- Windows Storage Server 2012
- Windows Storage Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1
- Windows Powered NAS
- Windows 11
- Windows 10
- Windows 8
- Windows 7 Service Pack 1
- macOS 10.7 Lion – macOS 12.0 Monterey.
Size: 40.5 MB