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  Asked By: Ronald    Date: Feb 10    Category: Sharepoint    Views: 717

I've searched high and low and can't seem to figure this out. Can anyone
give me a logical explanation as to why our users always get read-only
documents when accessing our SPS2003 site from outside our internal network?
So, inside - they open w/o issue - outside - only read only.



5 Answers Found

Answer #1    Answered By: Damon Garner     Answered On: Feb 10

I'll take a stab that it has to do with the WebClient service and how it works
or doesn't work through edge devices such as proxies, routers, firewalls, etc.
and thus the client doesn't have the hooks from Office to SharePoint.

Answer #2    Answered By: Percy Beach     Answered On: Feb 10

Yeah, thought so too.. Can't see anything on our firewall logs that indicate
it though. I'll test it again just to be sure. Strange part about this -
it did work before..

Answer #3    Answered By: Mary Adams     Answered On: Feb 10

Are the client workstations inside  and outside both members of the domain? When
you open  a document you are crossing the security boundary between SharePoint
and Office. You will have logged in to SharePoint with a domain account, but if
the workstation isn't a domain member then Office will have a non-domain
security environment.

Answer #4    Answered By: Laura Walker     Answered On: Feb 10

In this case, every system was a member of the same domain as the SP box.
Not sure what you mean by crossing the security boundary between SP and
Office. However, each user does have to log into SP and can do so w/o

This is on the list of things to do today - check from outside and capture
everything from the firewall logs.

Answer #5    Answered By: Kalyan Pujari     Answered On: Feb 10

For some reason, it was a firewall issues. Adding the following to our
Firewall rule now allows the traffic to come through w/o issue. Go figure..


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