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Problem uploading files from one SharePoint site to another

  Asked By: Vaughn    Date: Mar 28    Category: Sharepoint    Views: 1719

Two user questions I cannot answer:

1. Problem uploading files

- go to a MOSS site we have for our extranet
- upload a document to a library, and select a library from network
places (library is in our SPS 2003 intranet)
- when finished, the uploaded document has no file type associated
with it (so you cannot open it) and has a "[1]" at the end of the

Does anyone know what this is, why it happens, and how to avoid it?

2. When attaching a file to an email in Outlook, the person goes to
select the network place, then the document library (SPS 2003 intranet
for this example), and the view they see is a flat one showing all
documents in alpha order. Is there any way for them to see a
particular view instead? We don't use folders in our libraries, just
columns and views. When going to attach a file, people want to see a
grouped view to more quickly find a document. Even when the library's
default view is a grouped view, the attach file still brings up a
flat, ungrouped list of all documents.



2 Answers Found

Answer #1    Answered By: Aakash Gavade     Answered On: Mar 28

Your problem  in both cases is that when using a network places view of a library
you are using WEBDAV and not a real network folder. In the first instance
SharePoint stores the document  file without its extension in the
Title(filename). The extension is stored elsewhere so you can't change the
extension on a file once its been uploaded into SharePoint. Since you are
trying to upload  directly from SharePoint 2003 to SharePoint 2007 its not
picking up the file extension properly. I don't think there's any way to get
around this.

For the second problem its because SharePoint is emulating a network file share
through WebDAV. Network file shares have folders, but not metadata. To sort
the files  for a particular view you would need the metadata. No way to fix this
one either.

Both problems stem from the use of WebDav to simulate a familiar view of
SharePoint libraries. WebDav is far from perfect and has a few issues in
specific circumstances like these.

Answer #2    Answered By: Dara Hobbs     Answered On: Mar 28

It certainly isn't great news for me or my users, but
I really do appreciate the quick and thorough response from you!! I
can always count on this wonderful discussion group!