NetDocuments generally updates the platform on a bi-weekly basis. Prior to these refreshes, NetDocuments will provide a Beta test period. This time period allows customers to test the refresh before it is released.
IMPORTANT NOTE: When accessing the NetDocuments service via the beta sites, you are working with live data in your repositories. It is recommended that you beta test in development/test cabinets so that your production repository and customer data is not impacted.
There are two ways to access the beta environment:
1. For web UI changes, users can use a URL-based beta. With this method, depending on which datacenter you are using, you would use one of the following URLs to access the beta:
You will be prompted to add the URL to your Trusted Sites list.
Be aware that when using this method, you will not have access to any client-side software such as the Office integrations or EMS. This option is meant to provide access to only the browser-based features available in the beta.
With this URL-based beta test, a user can easily test the web software associated with the new refresh without going through the steps of changing their Hosts file. For each refresh, general beta testers should still use the Hosts file method to perform a complete test including the client software. The URL method should not be treated as the primary method for beta testing a new refresh because it does not include the ability to test the client software. The following method allows you to fully test the operation of NetDocuments in your environment.
2. For more sophisticated testing and for testing client software, users can access separate beta servers that have been dedicated for the purpose of beta testing. This requires a change in the user's Hosts file on the local computer (located at C:\Windows\System32\drivers\etc).
The entry in the Hosts file will look something like this:
18.104.22.168 vault.netvoyage.com #US beta
22.214.171.124 eu.netdocuments.com #EU beta
126.96.36.199 au.netdocuments.com #AU beta
An additional IP address and URL such as "api.vault.netvoyage.com" will be provided for testing software that utilizes the REST APIs.
Remember: You must remove the Beta information from the Hosts AFTER the Update is released to be able to login to the normal Service after the beta servers are removed. The beta servers are typically removed within a day or two following the release of the Update.
NetDocuments reserves the right to modify the beta process at any time and to determine who may participate.