MM's Contribute Publishing Server - how to set up a secure work area?

Hi, we've used Contribute 2 & 3 in our company for web authoring.  Content would be created on local work stations, published to a staging server, then massaged and pushed to live with some custom shell scripting.  All content on the staging server is browsable.  Each Contribute connection relies on a separate SFTP account with the staging server (Solaris/Apache.)  I could modify rwx settings to disable web browsing and allow for the user to write content.  However, s/he won't be able to browse and view the pages in Contribute.

My question is if I used Contribute Publishing Server, which has LDAP/Active Directory authentication, does it provide me the ability to allow for browsing and viewing of a secure work area on the staging server within the Contribute environment? I guess I am asking if the Contribute Publishing Server tool allows for browsing and viewing the staged web pages via FTP as opposed to HTTP.  

Perhaps another solution to the problem is use of .htaccess.  I haven't tried that interaction within Contribute.

I'd appreciate any CPS /WPS insights related to this issue that you may have.
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Jason C. LevineConnect With a Mentor No oneCommented:
Hi searchmantics,

I believe that CPS does allow you to restrict users to certain areas based on roles but that may only be for editing purposes.  To limit who goes where in the HTTP portion of Contribute, you might also need to use .htaccess or WebDav.

I haven't deployed CPS yet, we're too small.  But that's my impression from the sales stuff.
searchmanticsAuthor Commented:
Thank you, Jason.  My discussion with a tech support person from MM left me with the same impression.
Jason C. LevineNo oneCommented:
Wow, you reached a real person at MM?  I bow to you, sir (or ma'am).


Jason C. LevineNo oneCommented:
Oh, sweet.  This answer put me over the top for Guru.

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