Windows Intranet File Links on a Mac

Hello,

We have several Macs on our Windows 2008 network.  We also have an intranet website the everyone accesses internally that contains links to various "forms" that are located on one of our file servers.  The links that point to files give the Macs the most grief.  I know it has something to do with the link itself within the html code.  Is there a way to create/configure a link that works for both the Windows machines and the Macs?  I have access to the html code for the intranet website and some familiarity with html.
cheesebugahAsked:
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schapsCommented:
I have not heard of this, could you include some HTML that doesn't work for Macs? I know there are issues with desktop shortcuts to URLs which don't work properly, not HTML links, but it doesn't seem that is what you mean.
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cheesebugahAuthor Commented:
Sure.  If you hover over one of the links that does nothing, this is what it shows:

file://fileserver/u/Shared/Employee%20Expense%20Request.xlsm

This is a link to an Excel spreadsheet.  Any link on our intranet website of this nature will not open.  I have opened test files in the browser and made the association with the program, but it just will not open.

Thanks,
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Tom BeckCommented:
Is your intranet web site served as an application by IIS on your Windows server? If so, the common way to do this is to create virtual directories within the web application that point to the actual directories where the files reside. Then the files are linked using the http protocol instead of file://.
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cheesebugahAuthor Commented:
Can you provide some type of link or something explaining the virtual directory method please?

Thanks,
Mike
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Tom BeckCommented:
Every IIS Application on a Windows Web Server is created in a Virtual Directory. But applications can have more than one, such as a second virtual directory that points to a physical directory on the network that contains the Excel files you wish to serve up over the internet. The purpose of virtual directories is to separate physical directories from the prying eyes of miscreants on the internet. It's the sandbox concept.

If you go here and scroll down to Virtual Directories, you will get the official description of what Virtual Directories are and what you can do with them.

Tons of resources out there for the procedure used to create Virtual Directories. From Microsoft we have this.
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cheesebugahAuthor Commented:
Thank you.
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