SharePoint MOSS FBA Users and Client Integration Limitations


We have a SharePoint environment that is accessible both to internal AD users via AD authenticaion and to our external parters via FBA. We have MOSS SP2, most our clients have Office 2007 SP2, with Windows XP SP3. We'd like for our FBA users to be able to use Client Integration features such as sync'ing libraries, calendars, and contacts with Outlook. This doesn't seem to work - we get permission errors. Does Client Integration just not work for FBA users, or is it a configuration issue we need to work through?

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Ted BouskillSenior Software DeveloperCommented:
FBA has a lot of limitations and yes those are some of them.
There are some things that can be fixed using a hotfix for office but you can't guarantee your external partners will have it.
This should give you an idea of what is generally non-working:
I have a similar setup, and there's basically no workable way around it using FBA... so I disabled client integration for the external site.

The problem isn't really sharepoint, but Office controls... they connect to the webserver bypassing your browser session.

I had to develop Reporting Services reports because external users couldn't even export to Excel (MS how hard would it have been to have the server create and excel/csv file?)!
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adramisAuthor Commented:
Thank you all for the responses. Here's an update: I opened a case with Microsoft. We discovered the problem is with our McAfee PortalShield 2.0 for SharePoint. If we turn off document scanning for uploading and downloading documents from within Central Administration, Outlook sync (calendar, contacts, and document libraries) works great for FBA users. So I am taking this up with McAfee.
Ted BouskillSenior Software DeveloperCommented:
Well you left out a very important clue.  Had I known you were using that tool my answer would have been completely different.
adramisAuthor Commented:
Final update: we couldn't get a prompt enough answer from McAfee, so we installed ForeFront Trial, and the client integration features (Outlook sync, checkin/checkout, etc) all work now with FBA users.

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