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server 2008 web shared folder

Last Modified: 2013-12-02
We are trying to setup a shared folder on a Server 2008 Web Edition server that would be accessible to setup as a mapped drive over a VPN from a Server 2008 Standard Edition server.  We have done this with Standard-Standard before, but Standard-Web does not seem to be working.  

We can right click on the folder and select sharing options and set permissions, but we cannot access it from the Standard Edition server.  We cannot even browse the share from the Web Edition server itself.  If we type in \\SERVERNAME\ we can see the share listed, but we cannot browse it. (Says:  Windows cannot access \\SERVERNAME\ShareName.  Check the spelling of the name....Error Code 0x80004005).  We  get the same error when trying to browse the share from the Standard Edition server.  Net Use from the command line yields: Error 53 Network Path Not Found.

They can ping each other by name and IP address.

We are using the same VPN setup (LogMeIn Hamachi) for the Standard to Standard setup and that is working just fine.

Does Server 2008 Web Edition limit file/folder sharing to make this impossible?
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I can't explain why, but this suddenly started working, and now I can't reproduce the problem from any of our machines.

The first username I tried this with was my own, which is an administrator on both boxes.  The username/password is the same on both boxes.  So I shouldn't have to worry about folder permissions or providing a password with that username.  But I had even tried the "Connect using a different username" option, attempting variations of my username ("username" and "server\username").

The second username I tried was a temporary username that I created for troubleshooting this issue, and I had forgotten to add it to the administrators group or give it permissions on the folder.  So I took Sulimanw's advice and gave it permissions on the folder, and that worked!

Oddly, the first username I tried also works now, from several different machines, where I'm sure it had not worked before.

So perhaps giving my "test" user permissions somehow triggered something or refreshed something to let the original username start working.  I can't explain it.  But I can see now that Windows Server 2008 Web Edition, despite some debate on other forums and despite the fact that it doesn't have the "File Services" Role, IS capable of sharing folders over the network, just like 2003 Web Edition was.



I'm not 100% sure if this was really what solved the problem, because my old method started working too at the same time.  Also, Windows Server 2008 appears to *automatically* add the username to the folder permissions when you add it to the share permissions, so I don't think it would matter if I forgot to set this.

But, it worked as soon as I re-applied the permissions for my test user, so I think it's appropriate to award the points.

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