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Automatic mapping between Document Library and NTFS folder

  Asked By: Stephanie    Date: Feb 19    Category: Sharepoint    Views: 14254

Without using Explorer Viewer, is there a way to map an NTFS folder on a
workstation to a Document Library in SPS 2003, so that when we drag and drop a
file to the NTFS folder such a file is automatically created in the respective
Document Library?

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8 Answers Found

 
Answer #1    Answered By: Himanta Barthakur     Answered On: Feb 19

Yes, copy the url of the document  library, then click <Start> and
<Run> and paste it in there. Before you click OK, change the
beginning of the url (http://) to \\

This maps it just like a file share. You can map  it to a drive
letter also. Just keep in mind that sharepoint features like check
in check out and a lot of other stuff won't work when people edit
docs from there.

 
Answer #2    Answered By: Alexia Mccarty     Answered On: Feb 19

But just to let you know, I took the URL
(http://sharepoint/marcello/Shared%20Documents/Forms/AllItems.aspx)
and tried to change (http://) to \\ in WSS 3 and it didn't work. Is
taht feature available only for server versions of the product or
mayve only for SPS 2003, do you know it?

 
Answer #3    Answered By: Laquita Mcgowan     Answered On: Feb 19

I tried this as well, and could not connect. I was prompted for a password,
but none of my site logins would work. I'm running WSS 3.0

 
Answer #4    Answered By: Elijah Davis     Answered On: Feb 19

The functionality is available in WSS2/SPS2003 and newer. There are some
caveats/known issues/client side requirements though.



1) You must be running XP, Server 2003, Vista, or Server 2008 on the
client side with the "Web Client" service enabled and running

2) Don't include the "Forms/AllItems.aspx" part of the URL and don't
use URL encoding for spaces and special characters when accessing via UNC
(e.g. in the original example the UNC should be \\sharepoint\marcello\Shared
<file:///\\sharepoint\marcello\Shared%20Documents\> Documents\ )

3) You must allow WebDAV access to your server, and it must not be
blocked by any intermediate proxies or firewalls.

4) There are some know issues with using Basic Authentication on
certain client/server combinations - there are KB articles with
fixes/workarounds out there for those that have issues.

5) Top level site access (e.g. \\sharepoint\ <file:///\\sharepoint\> )
can sometimes conflict with the normal server file sharing - there are a
couple of workarounds:

a. Use FrontPage/SharePoint Designer to access the site first

b. Use a network place to map  to the http:// URL instead



If you are getting an auth prompt but not access, you are likely running
into either 4 or 5.

 
Answer #5    Answered By: Akanksha Jain     Answered On: Feb 19

5b works just fine. I still get prompted for a login (my client workstation
is not part of the domain), but it accepts a domain login.

 
Answer #6    Answered By: Bhupendra Borkar     Answered On: Feb 19

Another known issue is that https is not supported for clients prior
to Vista (not sure about Server 2003).

 
Answer #7    Answered By: Shobhana R.     Answered On: Feb 19

I believe that is only the case for the DAV Redirector (i.e. the UNC
path option) - things should work if you use a Network Place instead for
HTTPS sites.

 
Answer #8    Answered By: Winston Ayers     Answered On: Feb 19

I am new to MOSS, Could someone guide me for tutorials, ebooks and some
dummy projects.

 
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