AccessDNA is an application that is installed automatically when you install a DNA Evolution client or archive manager (Mac only). AccessDNA is built to give the owner of a DNA Evolution client access to certain key attributes, such as:
- Which specific folders should be exposed to the web interface
- Which users are allowed to access these folders from the online web GUI
- Which UNC drives should be accessible
- If local hostnames and IPs should be reported to the online web GUI
Getting to AccessDNA
On a Mac, AccessDNA can be found under Applications->StorageDNA->accessDNA.app.
On a Windows PC, AccessDNA can be found under Programs->StorageDNA->AccessDNA.exe.
Enable Folder Access
Only a user with physical access to the machine has ultimate authority over which folders to expose and to which users those folders are accessible in a DNA Evolution environment. If “Restrict StorageDNA access to selected folders” is checked, then DNA Evolution will restrict folders according to the rules set up by the user. If this checkbox is not enabled, all folders (including items hidden by operating systems) will be visible to the DNA Evolution environment.
Tip: Folder restriction is also enforced when the job runs. So if a user does not have access, the job will be denied access to the folder.
Once restriction is enabled, you can make folders visible to the DNA Evolution environment by adding them to the list. When you click the “Add” button, you can select the folder and decide if you would like to expose this folder to all DNA Evolution users or to just select users and groups. You can edit and delete these entries when required.
Enable UNC Drives
AccessDNA requires you to explicitly add networked machines that you will access over UNC. This check is put in place to prevent unauthorized access to other computers in your networked environment.
Check the “Enable UNC Support…” checkbox to enable UNC access for this machine. To configure UNC, click on Configure. After the configuration dialog is open, you can add UNC machines. To add a new machine, you can browse the network for machines or type in the UNC machine name. Optionally, you can add the network provider. Once you are done adding the UNC machines, you can add UNC paths in the folder access list.
Tip: (For Avid Unity/ISIS) While setting up Unity/ISIS Connection Manager, the following information can be helpful:
The username/password of a Windows box must exactly match the password provided for the username under the Connection Manager, OR the username should be entirely different.
To find the Unity/ISIS system name that you will need to provide in AccessDNA:
In Windows, under My Computer, you will see the workspace listed as projects under a Unity/ISIS server name. Use that name as the server name for AccessDNA.