PolicyPak: Manage and lockdown CoreFTP using Group Policy or SCCM

Whether you want to enforce one or more of the dozens of configuration settings or disable or even hide those settings completely from the users you manage, PolicyPak gives you the control you need to fully manage CoreFTP for your users.

You can’t afford to put your users in charge of the administration of this application.

Ensure your CoreFTP settings are dictated and ensured using PolicyPak. Get those settings out there using Group Policy, SCCM or your own management tool. Check out this video to see how it’s done.

Manage Microsoft CoreFTP LE with Group Policy video transcript

Hi, this is Jeremy Moskowitz, Group Policy MVP and Founder of PolicyPak Software. In this video, we’re going to learn how to use PolicyPak to manage CoreFTP.

I’ve already got CoreFTP installed on my computer, and I’m just a regular user here.  As you can see, I’m logged on as a guy called “eastsalesuser4.”  If we open up the application here from the Start Menu and look at our configuration options we find lots of settings for us to choose from.   If I go to “General” I see some critical settings concerning file deletions that I would want to configure.  There are some settings in “Connections” that govern the connections for my users that I would want to enforce, as well as some of the setting options in “Transfers” such the timeout and log settings.

Let’s go over and see how we would manage these settings quickly using PolicyPak.  I’ll go ahead and switch over to my Management Station computer.

We’ll go ahead and right click over our “East Sales Users”, “Create a GPO” and we’re going to call it “Lockdown CoreFTP.” So this GPO is now associated with the “East Sales Users.” I’ll right click over it.  I’ll click “Edit…”. I’ll dive down under “User Configuration,” “PolicyPak/Applications/New/Application.” There it is, “PolicyPak for CoreFTP LE” along with other applications like “Java,” “Flash” “Firefox,” “Skype” and lots of other important desktop applications that your users utilize every day (and you want to make more secure.).

Let’s go to “General.”   We can see the settings that are checked by default within CoreFTP .  Most of these I want enforced, such as “Prompt for file deletion,” and even more important, “Prompt for site deletion.” Imagine  your users deleting the entire site with a simple mouse click!   In order to prevent this I’m going to quickly uncheck and check them.   I’m also going to check “Quit after scheduled task completes.”  Notice how when I checked each setting that the text became underlined.  That means that the setting value is going to be delivered to the user.  The same would apply if I wanted to deliver an unchecked value as well.   I’ll then go to “Connections” and enforce these default settings as well as turn on “Keep Alives.”  I’ll also configure “Connection Retries,” so that CoreFTP will automatically handle reconnection attempts and not depend on my users

Finally I will go to “Transfers” and make sure that my log files and download path are always in the same designated directory.   I’m also going to perform a PolicyPak superpower.  I’m going to select Log File Transfers and then I’m going to right click on the text box for this setting and I’m going to select “Disable corresponding control in target application.”  I’m then going to drop down and right click inside the textbox for “Default download path” and select “Hide corresponding control in target applications.”  By disabling or hiding a setting control using PolicyPak, I prevent the user from altering my setting configurations or even knowing if these settings even exist.

PolicyPak doesn’t just deliver setting values, it locks these settings down so users can’t circumvent your desired IT settings..

That’s the beauty of PolicyPak. Now for good measure, I will go back to “General” and lock down some of these settings I configured earlier.

Now I will go back to my client machine, we’ll get a command prompt and run “gpupdate.”  Now you could envision the user logging on for the very first time, using a Terminal Services or Citrix machine, using a VDI session, changing job roles, or getting a new computer.

PolicyPak performs the magic. To get the magic delivered, you can use Group Policy, SCCM, LanDesk, KACE or your own systems management software. We just happen to be using Group Policy to deliver PolicyPak directives in this demonstration.

As soon as they do, PolicyPak delivers these settings. We just happen to be using gpupdate right now.

Let’s see how PolicyPak delivered and enforced your desired settings to your machines. I’ll re-run CoreFTP and we’ll see that has happened.  Notice that on General, that not only are my setting values delivered, but the setting values I disabled are greyed out, prevent users from accessing them.  We will verify that “Connections” has the delivered values we desired.  Finally let’s look at Transfers and as you see, the textbox for the Default download path is completely hidden from users. How great is that?

And we are done.  That is how incredibly easy it is for you to use PolicyPak to manage and lockdown CoreFTP and tons of other desktop applications.

If you’re looking for a trial of PolicyPak, just click on the “Webinar / Download” button on the right.

Thanks so much for watching, and get in touch with us if you’re looking to get started. Talk to you soon.

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