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We have an SBS 2008 server and are using SharePoint for our remote users.   Is there anyway to map a drive (shared folder) on the server so that it appears as a drive through SharePoint?  

If that is not possible, can I easily add the shared folder that is my drive to SharePoint?

I thought I had found something about this at one point but have not been able to find it again.  My attempt to implement the solution didn't work.
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by:PaulD77
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Yes, this can be done by adding a link in the top link bar..Site Settings, top link, add a new navigation link.  In the Web address of the link type: file:///\\servername\sharename.
In the description name it whatever you want.
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by:kdubendorf
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Thank you.  I've done what you suggested from the server and it works fine.   I get the drive showing up as tab in my company web site.   I click on the tab and can see the folders in the drive.   When I go in through Remote Web Access I can see the tab but can't click on it.   Any suggestions?
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by:PaulD77
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This certaily won't work thru the web.  If you're using remote web work place, why not make the folder accessible remotely in the remote web folders?
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by:PaulD77
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Sorry..posted wrong link.

Just open your SBS console, click on shared folders and websites, when on the shared folders tab, click add shared folder in the task bar on the right and add the shared folder you'de like available
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by:kdubendorf
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Thanks.  I have this folder in Shared Folders already.  I added RWW users to my permissions.  Not accessing folders through RWW before, where would they be displayed?   Right now I only have Email, Computers, and Internal Web Site displayed.

On a separate note, it is possible to add existing folders to the Internal Web / SharePoint installation isn't it?
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by:PaulD77
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you can certainly take a folder from your network and add it to the Shared Documents library.  But, I try to avoid putting huge folders on sharepoint.

Go to the same shared folders and websites in your SBS console, this time click on the websites tab and click into the properties of your remote site.  Click home page links and make sure File Sharing is checked
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by:kdubendorf
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Strange, File Shareing is not an option in my console under Home Page Links.   I'm pretty sure mine is up to date.
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by:PaulD77
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Oh crap I'm sorry forgot this was SBS 2008 and not 2011, file sharing was an option they added on in 2011.

So I guess your only real option is to take the folder you need accessed remotely and dump it into the sharepoint Document library.  Users can connect directly to their workstations too in SBS 2008 remote site and be directly on the network.
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by:kdubendorf
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Ok, that will mean the document library and the folder will be different, correct?   Is there an easy way to copy an entire folder into the document library?

I have had users connect directly to the their computer but at this point due to downsizing of our office just about everyone is remote from the server as is their computer.
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by:PaulD77
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No, the folder will be a part of the SharePoint Document library.

Go into your Shared Documents library and click add documents, then click add multiple files, then drag and drop the folder you want into the window
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by:kdubendorf
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Now we may be getting to my problem.    It's escaping me as to where in the Shared Document Library that I click to add documents, then multiple files.
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by:PaulD77
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When you click into the heading of your shared documents library from your home page, you should see a list of all your folders and docs that are in the library yes?  At the very bottom of that list should be the add documents...when you click that another window pops up and within that window should be an upload multiple files link
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by:kdubendorf
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From the home page I click into the shared document library.   I do see a list of all of my folders and docs int he library.   There is no add documents at the bottom of the list to click.
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Ok...well heres another way to try it.  Create a network folder on your workstation...this is Win XP instructions  

Go to my computer, click on My Network places in the left bar and than add network place in t he left bar.  When the Wizard pops up click next, and select another network place.  On the next screen when it asks for your address use your sharepoint site web address
Ex: http://sharepoint.domain.com

When the user login window pops up, login with youe domain email address and password and check the box remember password.  Now this will create a folder for your entire sharepoint site in my network places.  If you navigate that to shared docs or whatever your doc library is called, you should be able to drag and drop folders in there.  If you get an error, you probably dont have the right permissions or something to add documents
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by:kdubendorf
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Are you referencing SBS 2008 SharePoint?

I've been in two different systems as an administrator so far.    One has an Upload Document button that allows me to only Upload one document.   The other has an Upload Multiple Documents button that allows me to do multiple files but no folders.   I have yet to find anyway to upload nested folders into SBS 2008 SharePoint.

I'm beginnning to think that the SBS 2008 Sharepoint is extremely limited.
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