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Looking for web-based file access software (similar to Novell NetStorage) to run on IIS6

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Hi all

The situation we have is that staff have a web-based portal they use to access everything from; OWA, sharepoint, communicator etc.

I need them to be able to access their documents (currently stored on a file server) through their browsers, but with a friendlier interface than simply browing folders through IIS.

I would like to use our existing logon credentials, so staff do not have extra passwords to remember

Thanks

George

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by:Irwin Santos
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since you're using OWA create a public folder, and put their contents in there
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Will that work?

Each staff member has exclusive permissions to his/her folder. The repository is over 30Gb and can't simply be moved to the exchange server...can Exchange public folders have the equivalent of IIS virtual directories? How will the authentication work?
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"Exchange public folders have the equivalent of IIS virtual directories?"
no.. if you go to ESM, then locate public folders, they will appear in the Exchange model..but not in virtual structure

public folders will be available to all users, you could create sub folders for each user..but all users can see each other's content...notice "public"?

if that doesn't work, then you can setup VPN (requires hardware/software)
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by:rgford
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I'm sure I could manage a VPN without software - but no, I'm looking for a solution similar to NetStorage. Appreciate the lesson about Exchange Public Folders, but they're no use here, thanks.
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My school uses sharepoint to allow us to access our files from the schools domain at home via https
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by:Irwin Santos
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well... how about utilizing FTP?  that would give your user's authentication, they can also go to user specific folders AND use IE to ftp in and view the contents like a regular folder.
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John, we do use sharepoint already but unfortunately for that to work everything has to be imported from the repository into sharepoint, and there are files and filesizes in oarticular that SPS is not geared up to managing. Also there are proprietary terminal applications etc that access these files which do not support WebDav folders. Annoying, I know!

RE FTP, The literacy level among users is very low, plus there is a multitude of platforms including quite a few PocketPCs, on which FTP access is not well developed (IMO). I want to use web access for the simplicty.

To put the problem another way; there must be an engine which IIS uses to display the contents of folders if "browse" is enabled and there is no HTML file present in the directory. This engine is extremely basic - could it be upgraded? This would solve the problem in the same way.
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"on which FTP access is not well developed (IMO). I want to use web access for the simplicty."

hmmm... have you used  FTP in IE?

go to a known FTP site... and in the URL

ftp://ftp.ftpserver.com

you'll see that the folder structure is the same view as local folders on the client computers.
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"there must be an engine which IIS uses to display the contents of folders if "browse" is enabled and there is no HTML file present in the directory"

Can every user have a virtual directory pointing to there folder which then doesnt include the index file so it displays all the files in the folder
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irwin, I appreciate your help but please desist from flippantly quoting me out of context - I was referring to FTP access on PocketPCs, notably Windows Mobile 2003 devices. 'hmmmmmmmm'. Have you ever used FTP access on any of these devices?

John, it's actually easier than that - just point one virtual directory to the root folder of the repository! I've done that, but the way the files look is atrocious - it's totally un-user-friendly. I'm looking for a way to change this view so it's a bit easier for people.

I think this is definitely the way forward, as opposed to FTP etc, as I can take advantage of Integrated authentication. Users have the company domain in their trusted sites on company laptops, with security settings so their logons are passed over (after entering them once first obviously) until the cookie is deleted, right across the domain.
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"I appreciate your help but please desist from flippantly quoting me out of context - I was referring to FTP access on PocketPCs, notably Windows Mobile 2003 devices. 'hmmmmmmmm'. Have you ever used FTP access on any of these devices?"

@rgford... please don't get me wrong, I commented the above, because I simple cannot read your mind or know your level of expertise.  Rather than make the assumption that you understand FTP in IE.. I cleary stated the obvious to clarify.. and all you had to do was concur or not. So, I'm flatly stopping you in your tracks to note that I had YOUR interest at hand.
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by:gapcnet
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Assuming that all users are under one folder: Create a web or sub web in IIS manager. Install FrontPage Server Extensions on the new web. Enable "Document  Browsing" in IIS. Then just tell them to point IE to the URL of the new web created above.
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gapcnet, thanks, that's what I alread have. The problem is the un-userfriendliness of the file view you get
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John - exactly what I need, thanks
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