Best Practices for Creating and Managing PGP NetShare Encrypted Folders
|Article:TECH176017|||||Created: 2011-12-02|||||Updated: 2012-10-30|||||Article URL http://www.symantec.com/docs/TECH176017|
This article provides some best practice tips to use in the rare instance PGP NetShare folders fail to encrypt, become corrupted, or take a long period of time to finish re-encrypting.
1) Before encrypting make sure the file system is scanned and defragmented on the system hosting the PGP NetShare.
2) Run the encryption process from a computer other than the one used to store the PGP NetShare folder.
3) Make sure nothing else is running on the computer doing the encryption or the one hosting the files during the encryption process (e.g., backups, virus scans).
4) Use a dedicated file server for hosting PGP NetShare as it may be an intensive process for a desktop computer's CPU, Memory, and hard disk.
5) Make sure that the folder permissions are set correctly to allow editing by group members and also to inherit permissions from the parent folder.
6) Make sure that the files to be encrypted are not in use (it may be best to wait until after normal business hours before encrypting).
7) In some cases, a folder with an extemely large amount of files in a directory may cause difficulties when attempting to encrypt the folder with PGP NetShare.
8) Use a PGP Group Key which makes managing PGP NetShare folders much faster as it will no longer have to modify all of the metadata for the encrypted files.
Note: Beginning with version 3.2.0, PGP Universal Server now supports group keys, which allows you to protect shared files and folders in PGP NetShare. Group keys allow you to easily add or remove group members without affecting the PGP NetShare metadata associated with the protected files and folders.
Article URL http://www.symantec.com/docs/TECH176017