stealth software | frequently asked questions
For your convenience we have assembled frequently asked questions (faq's) about our products. The faq's are grouped by product - click on the respective product button below for easy review.
Stealth Content Store is compatible with SharePoint Foundation 2010 Service Pack 1, and Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010 Service Pack 1, SharePoint Foundation 2013 and Microsoft SharePoint Server 2013.
Stealth Content Store leverages the SQL Server RBS provider interface in SharePoint 2010 and SharePoint 2013.
Yes – RBS and shredded storage are complementary technologies that address different requirements.
No – RBS and Shredded Storage perform different functions and provide different benefits for SharePoint 2013.
No – Stealth Content Store is a software only solution. It is installed on your existing SharePoint servers and connects to the storage platform/device of your choice.
No – Stealth Content Store requires no webparts/application/ sandbox solutions etc. to be installed in SharePoint. This means users have the standard interface they are used to and perhaps more importantly existing 3rd party or external applications do not require any changes. Future migrations will also see a positive impact as it is no longer necessary to check if webparts and/or stubs are still functional.
No – Stealth Content Store optimizes the storage of data to produce an increase in performance, even with encryption activated. Stealth Content Store does not use any webparts. It’s non-intrusive to SharePoint, its standard functionality or any 3rd party software installed. End-users, administrators and developers do not notice its existence.
No – All Research and Engineering is performed in our development center.
No – All product support is delivered from our Professional Services group and development center.
Stealth is installed on all SharePoint servers. There is no need to install on the SQL servers.
Yes – Stealth Content Store sits below the application object model, as such is non-intrusive to all SharePoint capabilities.
With Stealth Content Store installed and activated you will see a performance improvement both in read and write activities. Our tests and proof of concepts have shown a big improvements in performance (some of our tests showed a 25% to 60% increase in performance, but this depends on the environment), with the low-end of that scale when encryption is enabled.
Existing content can be moved into Stealth Content Store using Microsoft tools. Data can be migrated while users are utilizing the farm so no downtime is required.
Yes – Data is easily migrated to and from the Stealth Content Store, this operation can be executed while the farm is in use so requires no downtime. Additionally, Stealth Content Store can be put into read only mode effectively disabling the product for all new data, but retaining access to old data without having to migrate immediately.
With Stealth Content Store, SharePoint content BLOBs can be stored to virtually any networked/object-based/cloud storage platform: on/off-premise, public/private cloud or hybrid.
No – Stealth Content Store is storage platform independent and supports multiple storage end-points by selecting different connectors or providing connection to different BLOB stores.
Yes – Stealth Content Store delivers the possibility with the Concurrent Provider to store BLOBs concurrently in two or more (geographical) remote locations and storage platforms.
Security is a priority within Stealth Content Store. You can implement any or all of our high level security measures:
- AES 256 Encryption – Stealth ships with AES 256 as standard and other algorithms can be provided upon request.
- MD5 Check – Ensure data has not been tampered with on the storage platform.
- Role Enforcement – Ensure stored data is never available to any one single team member.
Yes – Stealth Content Store encrypts BLOBs in SharePoint at the application level applying an AES-256 encryption key, so that the content is secured and protected both 'in-transit' as well as 'at-rest'. Stealth Content Store is compliant to US, EU and ICO regulations on Data Protection.
Yes – The Stealth Content Store is built using Stealth's Content Store API. Our .NET API can be integrated with most content rich .NET applications. All features available in Stealth Content Store are available in our .NET API.
Yes – WORM and CAS storage devices that can be accessed via a Network, Domain, or CIFS share are compatible with standard Stealth Content Store accessors.
Stealth Content Store licenses are provided along with your installer. The licenses can be installed offline.
Yes. Stealth Content Store does support an enterprise installation. Stealth Content Store needs to be installed on all SharePoint servers and the configuration and set up of Stealth Content Store can be scripted or done interactively.
Yes. Stealth Content Store will only delete data from storage when SharePoint indicates that a deleted document has been passed through the SharePoint recycle bins and the SharePoint retention period has run out. In fact, the Microsoft RBS maintainer implements its own, configurable, retention period in addition to SharePoint which is set to 30 days by default.
Stealth Extranet is compatible with SharePoint Foundation 2010 Service Pack 1, Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010 Service Pack 1, SharePoint Foundation 2013 and Microsoft SharePoint Server 2013.
Stealth Extranet is a separate and dedicated web service, mostly run from within a DMZ, behind the firewall and has no effect on the architecture of SharePoint. The web service will access SharePoint as a proxy for the external user, via the SharePoint Client Object Model. The external user will never have direct access to SharePoint. Stealth Extranet runs on Windows Server 2008 and upwards.
No – Stealth Extranet is fully integrated with SharePoint Central Admin.
No – Stealth Extranet has a so-called “opt-in model”: By default no user has access. The Stealth Extranet administrator can give the end users in question (temporary) permission to use Stealth Extranet based on Active Directory Users or Active Directory Groups.
Yes – Stealth Extranet can be configured to be bi-directional, allowing internal users to share documents with external users AND external users upload documents to internal users.
Yes, folders can be shared and this implicitly shares any content of the folder. Folders can also be shared with the possibility to allow uploads so external users can upload new files into SharePoint.
Yes – Within Stealth Extranet you can create a blacklist to prevent specific external users or whole domains from being shared with or, alternatively, create a whitelist of users or domains you would only allow to share with.
Stealth Extranet has a full audit trail: who is sharing what with whom and when.
Virus scans are twofold: During the approval process, the file is downloaded via a web browser which will automatically cause the installed anti-virus software to scan the file. For uploading files into SharePoint, it is recommended to have a firewall or remote proxy with integrated antivirus in front of your SharePoint environment, to ensure files are checked before those are places into SharePoint. Users of Stealth Extranet will need to be aware of handling files submitted, even from trusted sources as they might not be aware of any virus or spyware infections.
No – Stealth Extranet uses its own SQL Server database that can be hosted on any SQL2008R2 SQL Server or a more recent version.
- Stealth Extranet is easy to implement and to be combined with Standard SharePoint. Further, Stealth Extranet does not require an ADFS-implementation and can be used in combination with any email account.
- Stealth Extranet has full audit and monitoring capabilities of all downloads, internal and external users, time records, etc.
- Stealth Extranet is a separate web service and does not allow external users direct access in SharePoint vs. OneDrive for Business is an interface on SharePoint where external users have direct access to SharePoint.
- Stealth Extranet has standard dual authentication and the authority is with the internal user.
No, Stealth Extranet is not integrated with Microsoft AD-RMS and IRM yet.
No – As the external users are not created in SharePoint, no additional licenses are needed. External users do not need a license anyway for SharePoint use, as stated in the following article: http://products.office.com/en-us/sharepoint/sharepoint-licensing-overview.
Optional dual factor authentication on each log on to the Stealth Extranet web interface.
Yes – The external facing interface of the Stealth Extranet webserver is designed to be quickly branded.
No – Every site or document library needs to be added via the Stealth Extranet Central Admin interface. This can be changed at any time.
For trusted users, uploaded or updates files can be auto-committed into SharePoint, in other cases, the person who shared the folder or file needs to approve the new document. The Extranet administrator can require all uploaded files to be approved. If available, this is an option that can be set every time a file is shared.
The theoretical limit with SFU is very high, so you will likely reach a hardware limit before reaching the SFU file size limit.
SFU supports any storage type, which is supported by Stealth Content Store (SCS). This includes AmazonS3, Atmos, Azure, CAStor, HCP, OpenStack and Storage GRID, as well as SAN and NAS Storage platforms.
SFU is installed as a Farm Solution and adds a button in the ribbon of each document library. It will lead you to the upload dialog that looks and feels just like regular SharePoint uploads.
Using the SFU upload button, you can achieve at least twice the upload speed of SharePoint, especially for larger files. However doing uploads outside of SharePoint with the SFU MultiUpload tool has an even greater speed improvement.
The files will be added to SharePoint as document links. The icon will show that. However, the user will still be able to download, share and delete them as you would do with usual SharePoint files.
Yes, the file itself will not be indexed, but after the file upload you will be able to add tags to the files with the usual SharePoint interface, which will make them searchable.
Yes, that is what we recommend the SFU MultiUpload tool for. With it you can upload multiple files and/or complete folders much quicker. Scripting and adding the SFU MultiUpload as a Windows task is also supported.
Yes, the SharePoint recycle bins will still apply. On top of that SFU has its built in retention, which is 30 days on default, but can easily be configured differently.
Yes, the SFU Migrate tool is able to migrate all SFU files to another location. All supported storage types are available for migration.
SFU is supported with SharePoint 2010 and 2013. All common browsers are supported, however IE10 or later is necessary to use the SFU ribbon button. There are no specific hardware requirements.