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I have a server with Windows Server 2003 Enterpirse Edition.  I want to be able to share files from this server across the net, but I don't want the file to download the user's computer (to the temporary internet files folder) because the files can take up way too much space.  Is there a way to do this, or am I limited by bandwidth?

I have tried opening the files from an ftp site, but they download to my local computer.

I am not sure if I should try a file server, shared drive (although I don't know if you can have a shared drive over the net), or some other method.
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by:infotrader
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I don't understand the question...  If you are using I.E. to access the files, it'll save the files to your computer.  You can change the Temp directory to a different location, but it will still grab the file to that location.

Even if you try a file server, in order for the users to grab the files from you, they'd usually save it to the local computer first.  It is a bad idea to share files 'cross the net, especially without a firewall.  With a firewall, you might not be able to get the necessary ports to open that'll allow sharing.

Anyway, the best way to do it is using a FTP site with proper security.  How big are the files anyway, because if the file is small, why are you worrying about it?  And if the files are BIG, then it won't be a good idea because let's say it's a 300MB file, and your users need to open it (let's assume without the local cache or saving it first), then it'll take them about 20+ minutes to open up the file, or 2000+ minutes on a regular dial-up.  If anythng goes wrong they'll have to do it again.  Also, if they need to open it back up again, they'll have to go through the same thing....

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by:WhatupE
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They are mostly music files...3-5MB each.  So I want a user's media player to play it straight from the server, and not save it to the temp file.  All the players I have found so far save a copy to the temp folder.
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Well, you should look into the Windows Media Server components.  That allows you to stream the music to the user's hard drive ( Server PUSHING the music ) instead of PULLING from the client.  It is harder to setup and requires more resource on your server, though.

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So if I set this up, the media player on the user's machine can play music from the server as if it were on their own HD?
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