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.
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 –>
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,
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.
(First of you get a readiness check if your server doesn’t meet the requirements. )
Choose demo mode and press next –>
Choose WITH SQL Database,
(This will install an SQL Express on the local server)
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 –>
On this part you should have your own public certificates for use. But since this is an internal lab I choose self-signed.
Now for the purpose of the install, I’ve created an service account named Cortado which I’m using for the installation.
After that you get a summary screen, then press Proceed.
And it will start configuring.
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.
After that is done, remember to check the next steps and click Close.
Now we can enter the management console.
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)
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
This is the Management Console –>
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.
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
So for the regular user open a browser and open http://localhost/cortadoexplorer
Now as you can see the folders that I mapped up for the user bill appear,
I can also drag and drop new files into the website and they will get automatically uploaded.
And as I mentioned before I can open files directly in the browser, like PDF , DOCX etc.
And I have the option to print files directly to a printer which I as administrator can control
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.