What is XFiles?
XFiles is a secure "digital locker" application that permits individual users to store, retrieve and share files using their web browser. Each XFiles user is allotted 10gb of personal storage space on XFiles, which can be accessed from anywhere in the world using one’s UTHealth userid and password.
Some important advantages to using XFiles over email, University Guest Accounts and other systems include:
- XFiles "tickets" do not require a University userid and password to access your files. You can authorize a colleague anywhere in the world to connect to your files using “tickets”, as outlined in the tutorials above, and even upload new or replacement versions of files.
- XFiles “tickets” allow you to grant as much (or as little) access to your disk space as you like. You can also dictate whether they can read or write only to specific files or folders, and you can even set up file versioning. (A later tutorial will discuss file versioning and other advanced features.)
- XFiles “tickets” allow you to set time limits for others to access files and/or folders – from as little as 1 minute to as long as forever.
- XFiles can be used anywhere – at work, home or on vacation, using any current version web browser. (The WebDAV-powered “Web Folder” feature requires Microsoft Internet Explorer running on Windows XP or Vista.)
- XFiles allows you to post files of any size. While the University’s email system imposes file size limits when sending or receiving files (and other Universities can have very small file size limits, sometimes less than 3mb), there are no such file size restrictions in XFiles, so long as you do not exceed your 10gb disk space allotment.
- XFiles is more secure than email when “tickets” are password protected. XFiles is secure and meets the University’s Zone 100 file security standard (when you require password protection to access your disk space). Nobody can access your material unless you grant them permission to do so.
- XFiles is available to University employees using the same userid and password they use to connect to webmail and other UTHealth resources.
Need Help Getting Started in XFiles? Use Our XFiles Tutorials below, or read the XFiles Quick Start Guide [ pdf ].
[ Tutorials require Adobe Flash Player ]
XFiles is neither a replacement for the NAS, nor strictly a file storage area. It is a file sharing resource.
Be aware that the NAS includes a "snapshot" feature that makes several backup copies of its contents every day; by contrast, XFiles is backed up at irregular intervals, and the XFiles backup system was designed strictly for disaster recovery purposes.
Therefore, you should never rely on XFiles as a sole source for your data, especially research data. Use of the XFiles system must also comply with the University HOOP as well as other applicable Federal, State and local laws, including HIPAA and FERPA regulations.