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Connecting with external file storage

  Asked By: Sampat    Date: Oct 25    Category: MOSS    Views: 3207

I'm trying to connect with external file server(win server 2003).
In sharepoint document library, can I view the files in external file
server and handle them?

How can I mapping both servers?



6 Answers Found

Answer #1    Answered By: Addison Peck     Answered On: Oct 25

All files stored in SharePoint Document Libraries are stored in SQL, not
in the external  file system. You can add external file  shares to the
MOSS Search and Indexing Service as a Content Source and they will show
up as query results from a search.

Answer #2    Answered By: Lalit Bhattacharya     Answered On: Oct 25

There is also a new "External Storage API"
(http://support.microsoft.com/kb/938499) or you can add shortcuts to the
external file  share location
-to-a-document-within-a-document-library-in-moss.aspx) which might be
useful depending on what you are trying to do. The former should be
used with caution, as there isn't any consensus yet on support or
migration to future versions...

Answer #3    Answered By: Gwendolyn Acosta     Answered On: Oct 25

Adding the Link to a document content type to a document library only
allows you to add links via http or https. I think Angela wants to add
a reference to a file  stored in a network file share. Neither a UNC or
FILE:// will work with the Link content type.

Answer #4    Answered By: Kyle Hernandez     Answered On: Oct 25

I already have files in external  file server. And I want to use this
server with sharepoint library.

At the doc library, can I see the files in external server?

Answer #5    Answered By: Kedar Phule     Answered On: Oct 25

There is no way currently to setup a doc library to show the files in an
external server. This is the way SharePoint 2001 worked and the design
caused significant problems because the files and SharePoint would get
out of sync.

As Bryan mentioned there is a new external  Storage API that was released
this summer. This may provide the functionality that you need, but so
far there is very little documentation on how to use it, so I don't
think it will be any immediate help for you.

As I said, you can add the external file  location to Search so the files
will be retrievable when searched for. But the only way you could make
them browsable inside SharePoint would be through a significant amount
of custom programming. It's just not the way that SharePoint is

Answer #6    Answered By: Chanel Gaines     Answered On: Oct 25

Not to mention that you would have two different security models working against
each other (Windows file  system security and SharePoint library and content

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