Can I convert a FTP Network Place into a Mapped network Drive.

I have a client with 3 physical locations, without any link between the sites.  They all use a Software application; the data for this application is accessed through a local drive (mapeed or physical).  This means that all clients at each site can access the same data situated on a server through a mapped drive.  However each site has to have its own set of the data.

The client already has a FTP site which they use to share data accross the sites.  However, I have been unable to set this area up as a mapped drive.

Can any help me in doing this ?
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Schnell SolutionsSystems Infrastructure EngineerCommented:
Hello

Using the internal tools included in Windows you can make something similar to a Mapped Drive talking about access. But technically different. Here are the steps about how to make it:

1. Open Windows Explorer and Choose the “Map Network Drive” option

2. Choose the "link" at the bottom that reads:
Vista and 7: “Connect to a Web site that you can use to store your documents and pictures”
XP: “Sign up for online storage or connect to a network server”

3. Click “Choose a custom network location”

4. Enter in the FTP address for the site:

5. Enter the username for the FTP server (you will be prompted for the password when you connect)


Another opcion to make it, is using third party softwares. You just need to make a search with the words": ftp mapped drive and you will see different third party products. Some of them free, some of them require licenses

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AlexPaceCommented:
For most common FTP servers you can use 3rd party software like NetDrive to accomplish this task.
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AlexPaceCommented:
Another possibility is to use Robo-FTP to synchronize a local folder with a remote folder and just build the script so it is always synchronizing in a loop.  You make the folder to be synchronized a network share.  Then all the users at each site map the network drive to the share.
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bloodybackAuthor Commented:
Thank you for the above assitance.

schnellsolutions -  your suggestioin creates a network location, however I have been unable to convert that to local mapped drive.  which is what is required.

Any further suggestions would be gretafully received.  Some of you mention third party software.  where can I get an evaluation copy to see if I can do what is needed.
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Guy Hengel [angelIII / a3]Billing EngineerCommented:
I've requested that this question be deleted for the following reason:

The question has either no comments or not enough useful information to be called an "answer".
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AlexPaceCommented:
This is the answer:
Another opcion to make it, is using third party softwares. You just need to make a search with the words": ftp mapped drive and you will see different third party products. Some of them free, some of them require licenses

This gives specific useful information:
For most common FTP servers you can use 3rd party software like NetDrive to accomplish this task.

see: http://www.google.com/search?q=NetDrive
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AlexPaceCommented:
The orginal poster said he could not use the network place instructions in first half of post 37364173 by schnellsolutions which isn't a total shock considering how OP needs to use it.  The real answer is in the bottom half of that same post.  The answer is that you CAN'T do it with Windows but you can mount a FTP site as a virtual drive by using 3rd party software.  The post further goes on to suggest keywords to use when searching for the 3rd party software.  I would award this post the majority of points.

In my post 37364300 I concur about the need for 3rd party software and recommend a specific program, NetDrive as a good solution.  This program has a long history, is free for non-commercial use, and cheap for commercial use.  I would award some "assist" points for this recommendation.

In my post 37364311 I considered that even though NetDrive is cheap, if could get expensive both in software licenses and in set-up/deployment time if the original poster needed to share this network drive with hundreds of users.  To address this scenario I suggested using Robo-FTP to live-sync the FTP site to a local folder and then share that local folder to the potential hundred users.  This may or may not be applicable since we don't know how many users they have.  I wouldn't give it any points.
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