Accessing AetherStore from Multiple Machines in Your Network

We’ve been getting a lot of questions lately on how to access AetherStore across multiple machines. While AetherStore only supports a single Mount per Store at any given time, users can easily log into the AetherStore Dashboard to change Mount locations as necessary and enable access for different machines at different times.

But what if you’d like to go further than that? A number of users have asked:

“Is it possible to access a Store from multiple machines at once, kind of like Dropbox?”

The answer is yes, it is possible! AetherStore Mounts essentially mimic the behavior and capabilities of a typical system drive. This means you can use Windows’ Network Sharing feature to allow users within your network to access the Store Mount remotely from their workstations.

Here’s how you can set up Network Sharing for yourself:


1. To begin, right-click your AetherStore and access ‘Properties’.


2. Go to the ‘Sharing’ tab, and click on the ‘Advanced Sharing…’ button.


3. In the new window, toggle the ‘Share this folder’ selection.


4. Once the ‘Share this folder’ feature is toggled, you can set additional permissions for individual users or user groups by pressing the ‘Permissions’ button.


5. You can then distinguish permissions between users and user groups by selecting the appropriate check-box in the permissions section. You can also add new users and user groups by pressing the ‘Add…’ button highlighted above.


6. Type in the appropriate username or user group to add them to the list of users who will be allowed to access the Store.


7. Go to ‘My Computer’ on the machine you wish to enable AetherStore access to.


8. Right-click the background, and select ‘Add a network location’ from the drop-down menu.


9. Click ‘Next’.


10. Make sure ‘Choose a custom network location’ is selected, and click ‘Next’.


11. Enter the network path to your Store. Typically the format goes something like: ‘\\{Mount-Computer-Name}\{Mount-Drive-Letter}’.


12. Give your network drive a name.


13. Click ‘Finish’.


14. Network access to your AetherStore Mount will now be visible in ‘My Computer’.

Pretty simple, isn’t it? Now you can access your Store from the machine you’ve just set up Network Sharing on at any time. There are two caveats to keep in mind here:

First, be aware that regardless of location, the Store can only be accessed when it is unlocked (this state can only be toggled from the actual Mount point), ensuring the same standard of security AetherStore has always provided.

Secondly, if the Mount machine is changed at some point, the network mapping will be lost. This means any machines that had the Store mapped to it from the original machine will no longer be able to access the Store remotely until the new Mount location is mapped to it again.

That’s pretty much all you need to know to get started with your multi-mount setup for AetherStore. We’re always excited to see our users taking advantage of AetherStore’s flexibility, and we hope you guys find this information useful.  As per usual, we’re available to help if you have any questions or are in need of assistance with anything AetherStore – just shoot us an email at info@aetherstore.com and our team will get back to you as soon as possible!

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