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SMB Protocol, Download files from Windows Shared Folders?

Posted on 1999-01-26
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I need to download files from Windows Shared Folders in my Delphi app. The computers are outside my Network, so I need some kind of IP connection. Any help appreciated. Thanks in advance.
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by:williams2
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I hae done some researching into this area, and I cannot find any generel solution to this problem, therefore I have been developing my own implementation of this, but it is not to be published since I have put some hard time working into this subject. :-(

regards,
Williams
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by:Epsylon
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Those computers outside your network, do you have access to them. I mean do you have permission to install and configure software on them?
This is important because you have to set up a connection in some way and the remote computers have to allow you to do this.
And finally what kind of network is there between the systems? Are modems involved, internet, or whatever.
For a start you could look at Virtual Private Networking than comes with Windows 98.
See http://www.microsoft.com/workshop/server/feature/vpnovw.asp for more info.
With Virtual Private Networking you can access remote computers over the internet (or other tcp/ip network) like normal files. If this is not an option it is most likely to use an ftp-server on the remote computers.

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by:Epsylon
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If you really want to use SMB look at:

http://premium.microsoft.com/isapi/devonly/prodinfo/msdnprod/msdnlib.idc?theURL=/msdn/library/sdkdoc/cifs/cifs5_1gfm.htm

Search in the tree in the left frame for relevant info on SMB.

please feel free to ask what you don't know...

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by:friberg
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Thanks Epsylon. I have read the SMB spec and have a pretty good idea of how it works. However, I don't know how to implement it in Delphi. I have "read access" to those computers outside my network, and the only feature I want in my Delphi app is file download (possibly a recursive file dir as well, so I know which files are possible to download). Those computers have a direct internet connection and a permanent IP address, so I don't think I have to use a Virtual Private Network.
Do you have a code example for this download feature? Or is it very hard to implement?
Thanks
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by:Epsylon
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Well, let's say that have 2 computers with tcp/ip protocol, client for Microsoft networks and file and printer sharing.
IP addresses are 192.168.0.1 and 192.168.0.2.
192.168.0.2 has c:\ shared as C. Then on 192.168.0.1 I can do:

CopyFile('\\192.168.0.2\c\windows\media\the microsoft sound.wav', 'c:\the microsoft sound.wav', True);

This will copy the file.

Or for example:

memo1.lines.LoadFromFile('\\192.168.0.2\c\autoexec.bat')

I am only not sure what you should do if you have to go through a proxyserver/firewall or other security stuff...

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by:friberg
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Thanks, just what I needed. It was easier than I thought. :-)
Could you please submit it as an answer?

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Here it is...
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by:Epsylon
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Sometimes I see people creating pages of code when answering question here on experts exchange. When I can do it in just one line I get headaches when I see their code. Yes, it is many times easier that some people think. No offence to you intended. I was wise to ask it here. Actually you saved me a headache :-)
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