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How to mount a directory from a linux server (in the internet) in windows?

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I've a linux server with unimportant but very big files. I need to access them transparently through windows - so the app should not now where they are and should think they're local.

Samba does not work as my windows client is behind a firewall and the server is in the internet. Any idea? I tried SFTP but it is very slow and things like seek, ...on the file isn't supported.

Stefan
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by:Fabio Marzocca
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The best way I see here is ssh (from windows you can use putty) but in that case you need to open at least port 22 on the firewall.
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But in that case you need also an application which supports ssh natively. Think of an app like notpad could you tell me how you open through notepad a file via ssh without download that one before?
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by:Fabio Marzocca
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Are you meaning to edit a large file thru internet? This is not recommended, due to security and performance reason.

If you need to remotely mount the file, samba is your only chance.
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by:spriebe
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there are a lot of HD videos on it from a camera system downloading them before viewing coast too much time and samba isn't working through the internet.
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by:Fabio Marzocca
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You can setup a night job on your PC which downloads files silently thru ssh (scp).
For sure, you are not advised to edit video files directly throu internet (unless you have a fiber cable connected to the server).
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Sorry do not want to edit the files just view them. For shure i can download them every night but this will coast too much bandwidth and as i do not know which file i need if something happens it would take more than 24 hours to download them.

I thought there is something like samba over the internet or so.
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by:Fabio Marzocca
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Yes, but you need to open firewall and you said you can't.
Anyway, viewing a video file is the same as downloading it.
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I you just need to partially view a video file, why can't you do it through normal http? Just put an .htaccess file, enter with username/password and then click on it.
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But is it then also possible to jump to a specific point in the file without downloading the whole one?
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by:Fabio Marzocca
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This depends upon how your file is encoded, which browser plugin you are using, and so on. It is like watching youtube: to jump to a specific point you need to download.
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mhm i thought if i mount my remote filesystem like a normal harddisk - seeking in the file should work as it is just positioning a pointer and there is no need to download the content.
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