From reading the documentation on C:D, I believed that you must have C:D on both machines taking place in a file copy. However, of course after playing with using File Agent to watch a \\serverA\share network path and copying to another \\serverB\share network path, this seems to work. Which leaves me to believe you could have one central C:D server moving files between other servers.
My question if you did such a thing, would you then be losing any concept of secure connections since you no longer have two nodes handshaking, and instead just one server initiating copies?
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Updated on 2013-03-15T09:40:09Z at 2013-03-15T09:40:09Z by VolkerFriedrich
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Re: Possible security issue with a centralized Connect:Direct server?2013-03-15T09:40:09ZThis is the accepted answer. This is the accepted answer.While Connect:Direct can access files that reside on network shares, it is just plain file I/O over CIFS/SMB.
The connection between Connect:Direct and the sharing file server is not using the Connect:Direct protocol. Connect:Direct can only secure connections between two Connect:Direct nodes.
Having Connect:Direct installed on serverA and serverB allows you take full advantage of Connect:Direct and secure connections.
Having a single central Connect:Direct instance moving files from one network share to another is pretty overkill and would not add any real benefits. xcopy or robocopy could do the same job.