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OWA access to files on server

jflynt asked
Last Modified: 2010-04-18
i have server 2003 hosting exchange and file server. can i give a user access to their files through OWA?
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OWA Users could have access to files on the server if those files were stored in Public Folders. Otherwise, you would need to configure a different solution. SharePoint is one method and you could provide secure access to the SharePoint site using SSL and requiring authentication.

There are SSL VPN appliances that allow you to create policies governing and providing access to protected network resources. There are several available and there are a slew of Open Source options. If you are running SBS, the Remote Web Workplace would allow you to provide this type of access.

tigermattSite Reliability Engineer
Most Valuable Expert 2011

Your users would need to have a login to access files through OWA, and the files would have to be stored in the Public Folders as DavidBCS says above.

To be honest, Exchange is a secure solution for system users. For anonymous use (or storing large files or a tremendous amount of files) Exchange isn't the solution for you. I would look at something like Web Folders: http://www.mydocsonline.com/info_webfolders.html. You would need ports 80 (or 443 if you access your web folder over SSL) forwarded, then you just create a virtual directory in IIS pointing to the directory containing your files. Then add as a web folder and away you go.



thanks. our users currently logon with outloook  from there local computer and each user has a mydocument folder on the server. the server is a terabyte but exchange operates in the same environment. not how it should be but thats what we have so to speak. i thought i remember someone saying you could have your documents or at least a shortcut to them show up through OWA, or at least the headers, etc... i guess i am mistaken?
Site Reliability Engineer
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