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How to publish company folders for remote access and customize the default browser view?

Hi All,

I'm building an Intranet(extranet) that my users can access remotely (via https) on our Small Business Server, thats all going well, now I want to provide access to some of our shared folders (without creating document libraries with WSS).

I've created a virtual directory in IIS under the Default Web Site that points to the drive I wish to share, so now I can open my browser and go to https://myserver/myfolder and view my folders remotely, however the default view is very basic, a page with a white background the Url in large black font across the top and just a list of blue underscored hyperlinks to directories and files - can anyone please tell me how to customize this page?

Many thanks,

Lenny
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coreybryantCommented:
Are you using FP?  Are you publishing?  Did you put your website in this folder?

-Corey
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Mad_LennyAuthor Commented:
Hi Corey,

I'm using FP2k3. I created a virtual directory under the default website in SBS which points to a shared drive.

When I then use FP to try and open https://myserver/myfolder i get the error message: 'Server error: the URL "/myfolder/" is not contained within a Frontpage Web.'

hope this helps,

Lenny
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coreybryantCommented:
This is a different question right? Sorry it just get a little confusing...  

>>When I then use FP to try and open https://myserver/myfolder i get the error message: 'Server error: the URL "/myfolder/" is not contained within a Frontpage Web.'
Did you make myfolder a FP website?  Is this an intranet?  Are you the hosting company?  Are you the Server Administrator?    Do you have FPSE enabled on the server?

-Corey
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Mad_LennyAuthor Commented:
Sorry my question title is not very clear - I have access to folders remotely, but the default browser view sucks - I need to customize it using frontpage but I dont know how - so maybe the question should read 'how can I make myfolder an FP website?'. I guess my site is an extranet (since users are able to access it remotely) and it is hosted locally on our Small Business Server 2003 (we have a webaddress and Certificate for https access), I am the Server Administrator (plus anything else-administrator that has an electric current running through it). The Default website has FPSE running on it.

-Lenny
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Mad_LennyAuthor Commented:
I think it needs to have /_vti_bin/ files, etc, installed on the shared drive somehow...but how to get them there?
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coreybryantCommented:
>>The Default website has FPSE running on it.
Did you extend the website you are trying to publish to with FPSE?

>>I think it needs to have /_vti_bin/ files, etc, installed on the shared drive somehow...but how to get them there?
They will be there when you install FPSE.  It sounds like you have not extended this website.  The "default" website is probably another website?  And it sounds like you are trying to publishing to another website for Frontpage (not necessarily another web domain name)

-Corey
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Mad_LennyAuthor Commented:
Yes,  version: 5.0.2.6738

-Lenny
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coreybryantCommented:
If yes to my second question you need to sign into the FPSE admin control panel and extend the website

-Corey
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Mad_LennyAuthor Commented:
Hi Corey,

Have been away....yes I have extended the website.

-Lenny
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coreybryantCommented:
Can you open the FP web via your website address?

-Corey
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Mad_LennyAuthor Commented:
Cheers for sticking with me. Yes I can (we have an SSL certificate), it was all looking very exciting until I got stuck at the point where i wanted to publish some of our company folders.

-Lenny
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Mad_LennyAuthor Commented:
additional info/clarity - my intranet (hosted on our onsite SBS2k3 server) is accessible remotely, and I'm trying to publish/view some of our company folders via a page on my intranet (which is my question i guess)...thereby giving remote access to our company drive.
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coreybryantCommented:
When you right click on the folder that holds the site - what users does it have?

-Corey
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Mad_LennyAuthor Commented:
Under Security it has: MyDomain\Users

(Although I add users via Site Settings in the Sharepoint Site to give them access)

-Lenny
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coreybryantCommented:
It does not have the FP user ?

-Corey
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Mad_LennyAuthor Commented:
In this case I am the FP user and I have full rights to the folder.

-Lenny
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coreybryantCommented:
I understand but when you publish you enter a user name - is that user name on that folder?

-Corey
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Mad_LennyAuthor Commented:
When I open FP I'm directly connected to the site, so I'm not really publishing as such - just making changes and saving directly to the server.

I'm not prompted for a name except when I open the site initially.

When I log on to server the website is stored in folder C:\Inetpub\companyweb, if I look at the properties for this the administrators group (of which I'm a member) has full access.

-Lenny
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coreybryantCommented:
Are you able to open the FPSE admin control panel?

-Corey
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Mad_LennyAuthor Commented:
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Mad_LennyAuthor Commented:
Hi Corey,

I'm going to abandon this approach and use the SBS remote workplace solution (client connection manager) for accessing our company folders instead.

Many thanks, for your help - dont know wether I can give you a few points for trying? will give it a go.

kind regards,

Lenny
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