Cannot refer to shared path

HuaMin Chen
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Hi,
The folder is shared properly and why can't I refer to it like

\\182.173.77.208\shr2
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)
Most Valuable Expert 2012
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Commented:
Open cmd.exe and type:

NET USE X: \\182.173.77.208\shr2

What numerical error do you get?

What operating system is 182.173.77.208?   What operating is the computer trying to map?

182.173.77.208 is an external IP and so the host may be secured against outside access.
Tom CieslikIT Engineer
Distinguished Expert 2017

Commented:
If this is External IP : 182.173.77.208
then you can't access it from internet directly

You must open many ports on firewall and forward request to internal server IP but this is very dangerous since someone can broke in to your network.

It will be much better if you could implement VPN connection to your network with some encryption or shared key, then you'll be able to access share from outside through VPN using internal IP or server name
HuaMin ChenProblem resolver

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Commented:
Thanks to all.
John,
Here is what I've got

C:\Users\Administrator>NET USE X: \\182.173.77.208\shr2
System error 67 has occurred.

The network name cannot be found.

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The IP is running in Windows server.

Tom,
Can I have more details to your way?
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)
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Commented:
You need a secure way into your server like a good VPN. I like hardware VPN. Your server firewall is likely blocking external access like it should
Qlemo"Batchelor", Developer and EE Topic Advisor
Top Expert 2015

Commented:
You are not really telling us anything about the environment you run this in. Remember you have to describe, we cannot see what you have.
Are you on the same network as the server? That IP address doesn't say so.
Are you running a VPN between both parties?
Maybe you can draw a sketch about the related nework parts?
Tom CieslikIT Engineer
Distinguished Expert 2017

Commented:
You have 2 options to create VPN

One is on your Router if your router has this option, second using RRAS feature on your server.
Just install Remote Access Server (RRAS) feature and configure it, then forward all VPN ports to that server on your VPN.
Then from outside just create new network connection (VPN) then point it to your external IP.

https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/rrasblog/2006/06/14/which-ports-to-unblock-for-vpn-traffic-to-pass-through/
MaheshArchitect
Distinguished Expert 2018

Commented:
As far as I know nobody publish SMB share on internet for security reasons
From smallest organization to biggest organizations

Source might have published it with FTP protocol

Ex: ftp://182.173.77.208/shr2
Tom CieslikIT Engineer
Distinguished Expert 2017

Commented:
Mahesh,, yes you are right but this require to configure FTP server in IIS manager and open/forward port (usually 21) to this server on firewall.
So bottom line is he can access share from internet only using FTP or VPN and without proper firewall configuration any of this will be impossible
MaheshArchitect
Distinguished Expert 2018

Commented:
Yes, I do agree, I am saying that folder might be published on internet with FTP protocol but OP may not aware with this information
HuaMin ChenProblem resolver

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Commented:
Can you please advise why FTP server is not available below?
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Top Expert 2016

Commented:
which version of Server 2008/2008R2 is this?
HuaMin ChenProblem resolver

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Commented:
Here is the version
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Tom CieslikIT Engineer
Distinguished Expert 2017

Commented:
Because You must install FTP services separately on Windows 2008
First you must install IIS on server 2008R2 (this is ver. 7.5) then configure FTP

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/iis/install/installing-publishing-technologies/installing-and-configuring-ftp-7-on-iis-7


You can also install very useful program called HFS.
I'm using it for years and there is a lot of benefits.

1. You can install on any computer in your network (doesn't have to be server)
2.You can install on VM
3.You can configure it on any available port your choice (like for example port 1000 or 2000)
4.You can configure separate users and give them explicit rights to folders
5.Users you will create can have different logins from your domain users so they're not related. - fact that someone will have access to your HFS doesn't mean he must have access to rest of your network - only to shared folder as Everyone)
6.You can set separate rights to shared folders for any users or groups, and you can allow upload to any shared folder
7, Program is very small (3mb) and doesn't require installation
8. You can block hackers, limit bandwidth, create welcome or warning messages,, etc

http://www.rejetto.com/hfs/?f=dl
 

If you want to see how it looks like I can send you link on private to my server.
HuaMin ChenProblem resolver

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Tom,
What is HFS?
Top Expert 2016

Commented:
HFS is a 'HFS ~ Http File Server' check the given link for details
HuaMin ChenProblem resolver

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Commented:
Why is the option (of FTP) not available below?
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Tom CieslikIT Engineer
Distinguished Expert 2017

Commented:
HFS is Http File Server.
This is simple FTP over HTTP service

Please check screenshot from mine

View from inside (configuration page)

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View from outside

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Tom CieslikIT Engineer
Distinguished Expert 2017

Commented:
I see you have Windows 2008 server.
FTP is part of IIS so if you have IIS server role installed all you have to do is configure FTP inside IIS

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But much simplest is to use HFS
HuaMin ChenProblem resolver

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Commented:
Can you please advise how to create FTP, within IIS?
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Tom CieslikIT Engineer
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Commented:
If you don't see FTP under your IIS manager go back to Add Roles and expand IIS, and select FTP server

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FtLefwJVfwI
HuaMin ChenProblem resolver

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Commented:
Would revert
Tom CieslikIT Engineer
Distinguished Expert 2017

Commented:
You should see it, if not,, uninstall IIS, restart server and install IIS again with FTP option,,,or,,, use HFS :)
Top Expert 2016

Commented:
or use Filezilla FTP Server as your FTP Server
HuaMin ChenProblem resolver

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Tom,
How to ensure FTP is working fine below?

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