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How File Manager Works

File Manager automatically backs up the file that you are working on when you close Agrimaster if you have edit permissions. The client's file is backed up to their File Manager so it automatically updates on their side.

File Manager is a separate application to Agrimaster

File Manager is a separate application to Agrimaster. It is downloaded and installed as part of the Agrimaster update process but is effectively a separate application with a separate executable file.

In virtualised application environments (such as Citrix) you may need to publish File Manager as a separate virtual application (depending on how applications are published in your environment). We’re not able to test all scenarios, however, if Agrimaster works in your environment, File Manager should work too.

File Manager depends on the Agrimaster Work folder

Agrimaster uses a default Work folder to store files. This is usually C:\Users\Public\Agrimaster\Work, however, users can change this location by setting an alternative Work folder in Agrimaster settings.

Whether you’ve set your own Work folder, or you use the default Work folder, File Manager uses this location to find files and store synced files.

If your files do not reside in the Work folder, File Manager will not be able to locate or back them up.

On first use, File Manager will reorganise files in the Work folder

When running File Manager for the first time it will reorganise files in the Work folder to ensure that sharing and sync operations will work smoothly.

File Manager organises files in the Work folder by the Agrimaster user that owns them. It creates a sub-folder for each Agrimaster User Number:

Figure 1: Work folder with sub-folders for each User Number

When you open File Manager for the first time it will:

  1. Detect the User Number that you’ve registered Agrimaster with, for example, 1234.
  2. Create a new sub-folder in the Work folder, for example: C:\Users\Public\Agrimaster\Work\1234
  3. Move all files from the old Work folder (C:\Users\Public\Agrimaster\Work) to the new sub-folder (C:\Users\Public\Agrimaster\Work\1234) as it considers these files to be owned by the registered Agrimaster user.

For example, the following screenshots show the state of the Work folder before (Figure 2) and after installing File Manager (Figure 4). In this example, the registered Agrimaster user has a User Number of 1234.

Figure 2: Work folder files before installing File Manager

 

After installing File Manager, the Work folder will be rearranged as follows, with all files copied to a new 1234 sub-folder.

Figure 3: After installing File Manager a new folder is created for the registered user

Figure 4: Files have been moved to the newly created folder

We recommend moving any client files out of the Work folder before you install File Manager.

After installing File Manager, you can log in and sync current copies of any files from your clients that have been previously shared with you via m:drive.

Virtualised Application Environments

Some organisations choose to use technologies like Citrix and Microsoft Remote Desktop Services to provide users access to Agrimaster.

If your organisation deploys Agrimaster using these or other application virtualisation technologies, File Manager should work seamlessly too, however, you will need to liaise with your IT department to review the information above and understand about how these changes impact your current way of working.

 

If you or your organisation require further clarification, please contact Agrimaster support.  

 

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