Cabinet Administration Overview


What is a Cabinet?  

A Cabinet is used for common access to an organized and managed document repository. For example, all of your employees may need access to this common, secured repository, just as they might with a shared drive on a LAN. Whenever a member of the Cabinet logs into NetDocuments, that user will see the Cabinet and all documents he or she has access to within the Cabinet, either through a search, workspaces, or folders. 

Use of Cabinets 

NetDocuments Basic account includes one shared Cabinet by default. Customers may purchase the Professional Edition and have ability to create additional shared Cabinets as necessary from the Repository Administration page. Cabinets can be used to securely manage different types of documents in a firm. There may be a Client Documents Cabinet, a Management or Admin Cabinet, and a Human Resources Cabinet. Some organizations may choose to create a Cabinet for an extranet purpose which is designated for an important client where the client is also a member of that Cabinet for common access to documents on an ongoing basis.  

Cabinet Administration Page

This page contains all of the available settings for a cabinet, to be defined by the Cabinet Administrator(s). Each section is described as follows:


Cabinet Name, Logo, and Description    

The Cabinet name and logo are the identities of your organization's Cabinet. Both the name and logo can be changed at any time by a Cabinet Administrator. If a Repository logo has been loaded previously by the Repository Administrator, the Cabinet Administrator can select to display the default repository logo by simply clearing the Display cabinet logo check box. If the Cabinet will be used for such purposes as a client extranet, your firm may wish to upload a logo specific to the Cabinet. A Cabinet logo appears throughout all folder navigation pages of the Cabinet.

The Cabinet Description is a text that appears at the top of the Cabinet Page. It is created and managed by the Cabinet Administrator and is visible for all users who have access to the Cabinet. It could be used as a description of the cabinet or instructions to users on how to use the cabinet or what types of documents to put in the cabinet or its purpose. Any URLs, email addresses, or UNC paths entered will become clickable links.   

Calculating Cabinet Storage and Archival Cabinets 

Cabinet Types - Each Cabinet created can be either a standard "Active" cabinet or an "Archival" cabinet. The Repository Administrator can define a new cabinet as Editable or Archival. The default is Editable. The differences are as follows:

Editable Cabinet - A cabinet with all standard options. These include the ability to edit documents and utilize the various options related to those documents and have full-text indexing of documents.

Archival Cabinet - A cabinet that restricts the editing or deleting of documents. These cabinets are to be used to store inactive, non-changeable older documents or to provide an environment where the requirement is to ensure documents cannot be changed for legal purposes.  Documents can be added to this cabinet either by moving them from an Active cabinet or by importing documents in various ways. This feature provides non-rewriteable, non-erasable storage as required by SEC rule 17a-4.

On the Cabinet Administration page of an existing archival cabinet, the cabinet’s storage type cannot be changed.


When an existing cabinet’s storage type is changed from Editable to Archival and the user clicks the Submit button, an on-page dialog displays with an entry field, OK and Cancel buttons, and the following text: 

Confirm conversion of this cabinet to archival storage by typing the word “archive” below and clicking the OK button. This will make all documents in the cabinet non-editable and non-deletable except via the repository’s document retention policies.

If the Administrator enters “archive” (case-insensitive) into the entry field and clicks OK the changes are saved to the cabinet configuration including the storage type change. This confirmation procedure is not necessary when a new cabinet is designated as an archival cabinet.

Documents in archival cabinets can NOT be edited regardless of their access. When opened, they open in read-only mode in the application. Places that display the reasons a document is read-only (such as the Info dialog) will indicate that the document is read-only because it has been archived.

Documents in Archival cabinets can NOT be checked out, renamed, moved to another cabinet, moved to a ShareSpace, or moved from a ShareSpace, even by cabinet administrators. They can NOT appear as the source or destination for an Append Versions operation. They can NOT have versions added or removed, and the official version can NOT be changed. 

Documents in Archival cabinets can NOT be deleted except via repository document retention policies. These restrictions do not apply to folders and Saved Searches in Archival cabinets, meaning folders and Saved Searches CAN be deleted, but their contents cannot be deleted.

When editing profiles of existing documents in archival cabinets, notes-type fields are editable by anyone with E rights. Other fields can be modified if they are empty but not if they already contain a value. During the process of importing or creating a new document profile values inherited from folders or profile templates can be changed.

Documents in archival cabinets can have their access changed.  

Cabinet Storage – click on “Calculate” to display all storage capacity used in the Cabinet. NetDocuments also tracks this amount for billing purposes.

Deleting a Cabinet  - Learn about Deleting Cabinets.

Disabling a Cabinet - If allowed by a repository administrator, a cabinet administrator can disable or hide the cabinet from end-users. This allows the administrator to configure the cabinet, but not allow others to see it until it is ready. 

Cabinet Security and Access

Learn about the Cabinet Access and security options.

Designating Cabinet Administrators

Learn about Cabinet Administrators and other Admin options.

Configurable Document Profile Attributes

If custom document Profile attributes are defined at the Repository Administration level, these attributes will appear in this section. By default, they are inactive for the Cabinet. The Cabinet Administrator can designate any or all of the Custom Profile Attributes to be active for this cabinet. Only those Custom Attributes checked will appear in documents in this cabinet. The remaining Custom Attributes will not exist in this cabinet.

Default Profiling for Documents and setting for the multi-document Profile Edit option 

Profile defaulting – A Cabinet Administrator can turn on the default profiling option so that users do not need to re-key redundant information when profiling documents. A Cabinet Administrator can optionally select one key field, from which the other fields will default.   

For example, suppose there are four custom fields in a Cabinet: Author, Client, Matter, Office, and Author is used as the key defaulting field. Now suppose "John Doe" is selected from the Author lookup field. That now becomes the key defaulting value. The next time that "John Doe" is selected from the Author field, the other fields will be completed with the information used for the previous document where "John Doe" was the Author. The profile values will be populated when the user selects 'validate' or 'OK.'

However, this often leads users to be careless in how they profile documents. To default only one value from another, rather than the entire profile card, it is better to configure profile defaulting on the attribute level. 

Force Users to Profile – you can choose a setting to either Always force Internal Users with A rights to profile documents or just have them profile new documents or not force them at all. To set it on only new documents is generally used after a conversion from an existing document structure where not all of the Required Profile values were entered during the conversion. Note that External Users are not required to complete profile values. 

Define Workspace Template(s)

This option is found at the top-left of the Cabinet Admin page. In order to set up workspaces, a workspace template needs to be created. Learn more about Workspace Templates.  

Designating Echo Settings for Cabinets

Learn how to configure Echoing at the cabinet level.  

EMS (Email Management Service)

Learn more about configuring a cabinet for EMS.  

Local Document Service

Here you will enter the IP address of the server hosting your ndMirror instance. You should install and configure ndMirror before entering the server address here. Learn more about ndMirror

Email Settings

Cabinet Administrators have several options to manage incoming and outgoing emails. 


Incoming email

The following settings are available:

  • Allow anyone to email documents into this cabinet
  • Allow external and internal cabinet members to email into this cabinet
  • Allow internal cabinet members to email into this cabinet
  • Allow no one to email into this cabinet 

With the 21.14 Web Release, you can specify whether the word "Email - " should be added as a prefix to the Subject of email messages that are emailed to a destination email address in NetDocuments (for example, emailed into a folder).

NOTE: The default setting is not to add this prefix to email subject lines.

Cabinet Administrators can change this by selecting the Add the word "Email - " to the beginning of incoming email messages checkbox.



To enable subversions for the cabinet, go to the Versioning section, and select Use subversion numbers > Submit.


Outgoing email

Cabinet administrators can define one of the methods that their users can use to send documents and links, including secure delivery links. There are such options:

  • User setting (default)—the end-user can control how emails go out (either via their desktop client or via the web-based ND email editor).
  • NetDocuments—this option requires any document being sent from this cabinet to be sent using the web-based ND email editor. 
  • Email client—requires any document being sent from this cabinet to be sent using the user's Desktop Email Integration


These settings apply to all emails leaving the cabinet, for example when documents are sent via the Email Link or Email Copy options. 

Email Footer—if your firm would like a legal disclaimer or any other information to be appended to emails generated from a Cabinet, such as Notifications and Alerts, or emailing copies of documents, you can enter that information in this area. 

Example of a legal disclaimer:  This message is sent by a law firm and may contain information that is privileged or confidential. If you received this transmission in error, please notify the sender by reply e-mail and delete the message and any attachments. For additional information, please visit our website at

Attachment naming pattern—determine how the document name appears when it is emailed as an attachment and what the email subject is. You can choose the name, ID, version number, subversion number, and version name. For example, if you want email attachments and email subject to include the document name followed by the version number with a period separating them, use: %n.%v 

NOTE: If you use version number (%v), the subversion will not be indicated in the attachment name. For example, if the user attaches Version 1.3, the attachment name will be Version 1.\


Foldering and Filing options

These options determine how documents and emails are organized and filed, using either workspaces or folder. Learn more about Cabinet Filing Options


This section contains various settings. 


  • Rights required to customize workspace layout – Select Admin to allow only users with A rights to a document to change a workspace look.
    Select VES to allow users with View, Access, Share rights to a workspace to customize the layout.
    Select Cabinet Admin to allow only cabinet administrators to change a workspace look.
  • Store document comparisons as – This option is for users of Workshare (DeltaView). For this cabinet, define if you want the redline comparisons to be stored as a document attached to the source document or if you want the Comparison document to be created as an independent one linked to the source document. If you select Document Attachments, you can only retain one comparison per document. When a new comparison is created, it will automatically overwrite the first attachment. If you select Linked documents, you can retain as many redline comparisons as you choose.
  • Allow online editor – Enable or disable the Online Editor (Office Online). If disabled, users will not see the Open In > Microsoft Online option for documents residing in that cabinet. Learn more about Microsoft Office 365 for NetDocuments
  • Allow users to freeze ACL – Allow users to set a flag on a document or email that freezes the item's access list from implicit changes. Learn more about ACL Freeze.
  • Automatically freeze ACL when manually changed – Enable ACL freeze when users change it manually.
  • Allow VESA users to lock documents – Enable or disable document locking for users.
  • Permanently remove purged documents – Select After 30 days (the default option), and document snapshots are kept for 30 days after being purged. Purged items can only be recovered from the Rollback page, using the Document ID.
    Select Immediately, and when a document is purged, all metadata and snapshots of that document are immediately purged also. (This is used for protective orders that require document destruction within a specified time frame).

NOTE: Deleting a cabinet will not respect this flag. If you want to purge all items immediately, then delete the items first, before deleting the cabinet.  

  • Previewer - All customers should enable SmartView on their cabinets to continue previewing content in the browser because our legacy viewer will cease to work on this IE end-of-support date. NetDocuments Support and Customer Success teams will assist customers with enabling SmartView on their cabinets between now and March 11, 2021, but we encourage you to switch yourself via the setting on your cabinet administration page as soon as possible. Please contact support or your customer success representative if you require assistance.  Please see our End of Support for Internet Explorer announcement for more details.

Learn more about SmartView.

IMPORTANT: SmartView does not support Internet Explorer 11. 

  • Require ndClick for internal users - if a user goes to the web application without having ndClick running and their administrator enables the Require ndClick for Internal Users checkbox then the user will now be warned that ndClick is not running at the time they log into the web.
  • Allow NetDocuments-based "Sign a Document" feature - Administrators can now disable the legacy "Sign a Document" feature for their end-users which has been NetDocuments long-standing method of adding a NetDocuments-signed digital signature to a document. Now, as electronic signatures are widespread, the legacy digital signature function is seldom used.

To disable this feature, clear the Allow NetDocuments-based "Sign a Document" feature checkbox and select the Submit button.

NOTE: With this disabled, any existing digitally signed documents will retain their signatures but users will not see the option to add these legacy digital signatures to any documents in the cabinet.