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Accessing SharePoint through a file share

  Asked By: Charmaine    Date: Oct 19    Category: Sharepoint    Views: 981

I need to access a document library as a file share. This works just fine if I do it from my XP computer but if I try it from a Windows Server 2003 system, it says that the location cannot be found.

Does Office 2003 install anything that gets this working or is there something under Windows Server 2003 that I have to change to get it to work?



8 Answers Found

Answer #1    Answered By: Laura Walker     Answered On: Oct 19

Make sure Web Client is running. That is the service that enables the

Answer #2    Answered By: Gopal Jamakhandi     Answered On: Oct 19

W2K03 doesn’t do this. Only XP will do this.

Answer #3    Answered By: Kristina Cox     Answered On: Oct 19

but that isn’t the right answer. it is just necessary to enable the Web Client service which, on W2K03, is disabled by default.

Answer #4    Answered By: Delbert Frederick     Answered On: Oct 19

I’ve enabled the Web Client service on several different W2K03 servers, but I have still have issues with it working the same as XP. For example, I can see all files when I do \\<portal>\sites\<website>, but I cannot copy any files. When I try to copy files using a server, I receive the error “Cannot copy <file>: The file  exists.” Anyone else have this problem?

Answer #5    Answered By: Kalyan Pujari     Answered On: Oct 19

Web client has to be running on the Windows XP machines.

Answer #6    Answered By: Allison Stewart     Answered On: Oct 19

The weird thing about using Web Client on W2K03 is that I can view and delete files using \\<portal>\sites\<website>, but I cannot copy files. I have been using a script file  for months that uses “DEL \\<portal\sites\<website>\*.tmp /s” on a W2K03 server  to delete temporary files in a document  library. However, copying files does not work.

Answer #7    Answered By: Emmett Hyde     Answered On: Oct 19

This should work. I don’t suppose that you’ve tried adding the “Document Library” to the path since the path for a document  library is actually under the web site… I’m not sure that you can write files into the root of the site with the WebDAV provider.

Answer #8    Answered By: Michelle White     Answered On: Oct 19

Actually W2K03 does it if you enable the “WebClient” service. Webclient are disable by default on W2K03 server  but enabled on XP

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