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Storing large files (AutoCard) in SharePoint

  Asked By: Jedidiah    Date: Oct 16    Category: Sharepoint    Views: 2876

I have a client that would like to use SharePoint (DocLibrary) to
store / share large AutoCad files. Are there limitations to the size
of the files stored/managed by SharePoint, and is there a way to link
a FTP site to a Doc. Library?



9 Answers Found

Answer #1    Answered By: Horace Coffey     Answered On: Oct 16

Make that AutoCad.....................

Answer #2    Answered By: Rigoberto Beard     Answered On: Oct 16

The only limit I know of is an upload file size limit. Some say this
won't apply if you upload using the Explorer View, but the limit
definitely applies to single file uploads. The default is set to 50MB,
but this setting is easily changed in the Central Administration on the
Virtual Server General Settings page.

Answer #3    Answered By: Alphonso Mckay     Answered On: Oct 16

SPS only crawls the first 16mb of any file and the same is true for anti-virus.
Of course this probably is not a problem with auto-cad files.

Answer #4    Answered By: Daron Oneill     Answered On: Oct 16

We looked into this for a few clients a couple of years ago and found an
issue with linked files. If the AutoCad files  are self contained, we were
able to work with them from SharePoint but if they relied on other external
files the would not open properly. I don't know if AutoCad may have
addressed this issue in the interim, but it was one of the reasons one of
our clients was moving to a different CAD software.

Answer #5    Answered By: M Juarez     Answered On: Oct 16

Wasn't the 50MB limit 'removed' with ServicePack 1?

Answer #6    Answered By: Marty Mcdowell     Answered On: Oct 16

Linked files  are always a problem. Example: Saved web page with a files
directory attached. Not sure about signed files with certificate attached.

Answer #7    Answered By: Dakota Shaffer     Answered On: Oct 16

its a little more than just increasing the sharepoint  upload limit.. you could probrably safely go up to 100 without changing anything but over that, you might want to consider the other options, increase page timeouts etc.

a page viewer web part can also - connect to ftp  servers through the explorer shell. im not sure how you would handle authenticating though.

Answer #8    Answered By: Ted Gilmore     Answered On: Oct 16

That's a great idea - using a page viewer.

How would you go about doing that? When I put the address of my ftp
site in the Link text box I get an 'invalid URL' error message.

Answer #9    Answered By: Monte Cooley     Answered On: Oct 16

i checked and it seems the Page viewer cant handle ftp:// thats not a bad thing since ftp  is so darn cleartext eh?

the quick and dirty might be to set up a link for it if you must use FTP. If its authenticated and you want to log the same user for each access something like
ftp://username:password@... in the link name.

something more elegant perhaps?
If you could switch to DAV (we have a page viewer connecting to a subversion repository, better version control than anything sharepoint  could ever offer) or even a SMB share  though, it would work! and not only that you can do webdav over https/ntlm auth for samba - KISaS (keep it secure and simple)

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