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File share access over Intranet

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We run an Intranet web site, Field.company.com on our 010 Windows 2003 Server that is accessible to any users on our network.
On this web site there is a page that lists out the contents of a file share from our 001 Windows 2003 Server.

We want the user to be able to click a link to a file on that file share server and be able to open it in their browser.
We have tried creating links to file:\\001\share\file.txt
We have tried creating a VirtDir in IIS under that Intranet web site, pointing to \\001\share\ authenticating both as a domain user account and even now as an admin account
Any way we do it, when we go to http://field.company.com/files/test.txt file, we get a 404 error message?

Any thoughts?
Our developers swear this used to work... but it "just stopped" now?

Thanks all!
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Making links to \\001\share\file.txt should work.

With the virtual directory approach, if you use IIS6 or higher, you'll have to allow the content to be loaded in the IIS configuration.

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Thanks for the quick response Jan - but can you elaborate a bit on the "allow the content to be loaded in the IIS configuration." ?
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IIS 6 by default blocks just about everything from being served on it, other then plain HTML pages.




    * Open IIS Manager.
    * Right click the folder where the exe-files are located and click Properties.
    * Click the "HTTP Headers" tab
    * Click on the "MIME Types" button
    * Click New
    * In the extension box, type the extension you need to serve (exe etc)
    * In the MIME Type box, type application/octet-stream
    * Apply the new settings

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