access local drive files through Sharepoint
We need to access local drive files through Sharepoint without the files being uploaded to the sharepoint and these files should be accessed by anonymous users also.I feel this is something to be configured.Could some one help me out.
June 29th, 2009 1:05pm

What do you want to do with these files? You could setup thesearch to index these files. Hardly a development question if you want something configured.My SharePoint Blog -
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June 29th, 2009 1:07pm

I just want to view the local drive files without being them uploaded into sharepoint.I should view the files wihtout being them uploaded to Sahrepoint.
June 29th, 2009 1:12pm

Just to clarify, are these local as on the SharePoint server, or on the user's computer or file servers?My SharePoint Blog -
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June 29th, 2009 1:20pm

Moving to General. As Dave said this isn't a Programming question. ----------- As Dave also said the way to get content that is not stored in SharePoint available to SharePoint is to use Search. MOSS 2007 will search files in file directories (etc.) and not just files stored in MOSS 2007 itself. WSS 3.0 won't. But you can add the free Search Server 2008 Express to WSS 3.0 (don't use the default site option when installing that) and then your searches in WSS 3.0 can also search files in file directories. P.S. It's unlikely that anonymous users will have access rights to data stored in your file system and so they won't be able to access them via SharePoint either. WSS FAQ sites: and Total list of WSS 3.0 / MOSS 2007 Books (including foreign language)
June 29th, 2009 1:21pm

an option is to use an implementation of CMIS (Content Management Interoperability Services specification); Scott Hillier did an implementation of it that allows users to access Files on the filesystem through Sharepoint; more details here ("Integrating External Document Repositories with SharePoint Server 2007"). Serge Luca; blog:
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June 29th, 2009 1:41pm

Hi,These files will be in a file server and all the users should be able view these files from their system.Can we retreive the files using WSS 2.0 by adding free Search Server 2008 Express ?
June 29th, 2009 1:45pm

Hi, If the files are on a file server and you have your permissions in SharePoint and on your file server configured correctly you could add a Page Viewer Web part to the page and in the URL enter file://. This will allow the files on your file server to be visible and accessible from your SharePoint site.Hopefully that helps.Sincerely, Karl
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June 29th, 2009 2:53pm

Iam new to Sharepoint.Could you please tell me how to do this. I tried mapping the document Library url to a drive but was not able to.It was giving me an error "Network path not found". Here is the url i tried to m http://hdchasdstc0036:8081/Shared Documents
June 29th, 2009 3:22pm

hi, All you need to do is create a new Content Source for the Network Drive folders that you wish to share through the shareopint channel. (please note it works with moss)Creating New Content Source is damm easy stuff, for that you need to goto your SSP (through Central Administration site :))Once you land to the SSP's home page you need to Search settings listed under Search.1. This opens a wizard where you can get "Content sources and crawl schedules" link.2. On clicking the link you will be redirected to "Manage Content Sources"page.3. Here you need to create New Content Source by clicking "New Content Source" link.4. Now you get "Add Content Source" wizard where you need to specify the name of the content source5. Then under "Content Source Type" select either "Exchange Public Folders" or "File Shares" which that suits best for your requirement.6. Specify the path for e.g http://exchangeserver/public/folder/subfolder7. Set the crawler on the settings and click ok.Now you can easily get and share the documents stored in folders out of sharepoint by mere searching them. In case if you want to list out the documents in the traditional sharepoint list format then you need to write a webpart that access your this newly created content source and list the documents for the end users.I hope this solves your problem to an extend.Manish Patil Posting is provided "AS IS" with no warranties, and confers no rights.
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June 29th, 2009 3:52pm

Hi, To access files on a file server from a SharePoint site, you would go to Site Actions>Edit Page>Click "Add a WebPart">Scroll through the listing of web parts and in the "Miscellaneous" section check the box next to "Page Viewer Web Part" and click OK.While still in edit mode click on the "open the tool pane" link within the page viewer web part. In the tool pane fill in the radio button for "file" and in the link window put in the path to the file share. file://servername/sharename or file://servername/sharename/folder If you want to change the title of web part from "Page Viewer Web Part" expand the appearance and give it the title that you want it to have. Then click the OK button and exit edit mode. Your folders from the file share should now be appearing on your SharePoint page. The files still are on the file share, but you can access them from your SharePoint site.Hopefully that helps.Sincerely, Karl
July 1st, 2009 2:10am

Hi,I followed the procedure given above just by clicking on Add a web part->Selected Page viewer web part ->Open the tool pane.Then i selected the Folder and gave my local folder name (c:\ABC).But it was not diaplaying my files from C:\ABC folder.Also as mentioned above i did not fine any Site Actions ->Edit page links any where...Could you please help me outThanks,Rekha
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July 2nd, 2009 3:13pm

Your folder must be shared and then specify its location with the following notation : \\yourservername\yousharedname Serge Luca; blog:
July 2nd, 2009 3:21pm

Is there any way to access local File server from the document library in sharepoint?I want to access the file server files from the document library (Just like mappping)
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July 7th, 2009 3:15pm

not fully, but there is an implementation of a new Standard (CMIS) done by Scot Hillier, that provides almost the same functionality; you can check it out here("Integrating External Document Repositories with SharePoint Server 2007")...Serge Luca; blog:
July 7th, 2009 3:25pm

Is it not possible with Sharepoint 2003??
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July 7th, 2009 3:58pm

If you do this, then when you click on a file, it is opened using and SMB connection. I need the file to look and act like it is actually ina real docuemtn libray - connected via HTTPS - but the sharepoint server to open it from and save it to the HD, NOT the SQL database.Essentially i want the sharepoint site to act as an interface to allow me to read and write to my normal file systemwhen i am out of the office and using and HTTPS link.No versioning, no special controls, just read and write through the HTTPS link.It doesn;t sound like it would be hard for a programmer (guess wht - i'm not one...), and seems to me that it would be really useful for many people, but i can;t find anyone who seems to have done it....Can anyone provide me any insight?Dominic
November 26th, 2009 5:26pm

Gr8.. it worked Thanks Ravi Thapliyal
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February 2nd, 2011 1:31am

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