directory browsing on sharepoint portal?

Hello all. Does anybody know if it is possible for users that are logging into a sharepoint portal site over the internet to browse local directories on the server that is hosting the portal? We have a series of remote locations that use our sharepoint site for company calendars, news, OWA, etc but would like to also allow them to link into existing data directories that are stored at the corporate network where the portal is installed and runs from. Any ideas, help or hints would be greatly appreciated.
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markpalinuxCommented:

Are the documents you want them to browse in sharepoint or a network share?

If it is a network share, security I think would be somehting to watch + I do not know how you would do that with sharepoint.

What I have done was connect a web folder with Windows, as sharepoint is allows webdav access.

HTH,
Mark
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markataylor76Author Commented:
Hi Mark,

The documents are in network shares. Security isn't an issue for this particular project so I am ok there. Basically what we are trying to do is when a particular user logs into the portal, they would have folder shortcuts on their homepage pointing back to the network shares we have on our corporate file server. Each user (location) will have different folder shortcuts in their individual profiles.

What do you think? Is it possible?
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markpalinuxCommented:

so the links would be to UNC  paths? \\servername\sharename ??

I believe that sharepoint accepts a unc path as a link. try adding a unc path to your home page.

https://www.microsoft.com/technet/prodtechnol/sppt/sharepnt/proddocs/enduser/wsglossa.mspx?mfr=true

what version of sharepoint?
Mark
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markataylor76Author Commented:
Hi Mark,

Thanks for following up with me again. We currently are using 2003 but are playing around with 2007 as well. I will try the unc path and see if it works. What was this link you sent me?
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Greg BessoIT Solutions EngineerCommented:
SharePoint 2007 does have a file share Web part, but it will only show the contents to users that are logged in "locally" (on LAN, or via VPN).

When users that are connecting across the internet, the web part will show page not found.
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