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  • User-506041165 posted

    Hello,

    I have an extranet (https) site that is set to open files located on a file server.  This works fine when I'm connected to the VPN, but when I'm disconnected I get "Cannot find //fileserver/foldername/filename  Make sure the path or Internet address is correct".  There are several layers of security for the system and the file:

    1) Windows account (https)

    2) System level (username/password)

    3) File folder 

    I guess my main question is, what credentials are being used to pass to open the file?  I'm sure that's the problem and why I can't open it, but I don't know where to being to fix.  

    Thanks in advance!

    Monday, August 31, 2015 2:49 PM

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  • User-1122936508 posted

    I have an extranet (https) site that is set to open files located on a file server.  This works fine when I'm connected to the VPN, but when I'm disconnected I get "Cannot find //fileserver/foldername/filename  Make sure the path or Internet address is correct".

    How exactly are you "opening" the files? It sounds like the webserver just has a link to the file server itself. Your client machine is then directly contacting the file server to request the file. This is why it doesn't work when the VPN is not connected.

    Monday, August 31, 2015 9:45 PM
  • User-506041165 posted

    Hi Ken,

    Yes, the web server has a hyperlink that is opening a file located on the network. I have another forum open in which I'm trying to register a DLL on the web server that will Impersonate a user with credentials to the network server...in case my username looks familiar.  I appreciate your help with these novice questions.

    Best regards,

    Mark

    Wednesday, September 2, 2015 9:52 PM
  • User-506041165 posted

    Hi All,

    I have a website on a Windows 2008 server (IIS 7) that opens files from a file share via <a href> using file protocol).  The web server and file share are on the same domain.  The website runs under SSL and uses Windows Authentication.  When I'm logged into the VPN, and then log into the website...the files open with no problem in IE 9.  

    2 issues - 

    1) Why doesn't this work with IE 11?  

    2) When I disconnect from my VPN and log into the website (with an account that has administrative access to both the website and the file share), I get this error:  cannot find "file" Make sure the path or Internet address is correct.  Why?

    Thanks,

    Mark

    Friday, September 4, 2015 3:29 PM
  • User-1122936508 posted

    Yes, the web server has a hyperlink that is opening a file located on the network

    In that case your client machine is directly connecting to the file server to open the file. The username/password that is used is your user's username/password. The IIS server is not involved at all.

    Sunday, September 6, 2015 10:26 PM
  • User1183424175 posted

    Hi,

    About IE11, you can try to check "Enable Integrated Windows Authentication" under "Internet Explorer / Tools / Options / Advanced/ Security"

    And add your website into "Trusted Site" list.

    About VPN, I know, by adding a VPN, a business can extend all its intranet's resources to employees working from remote offices or their homes. I'm sorry that I'm unfamilar with it.

    Monday, September 7, 2015 2:48 AM
  • User-1122936508 posted

    2) When I disconnect from my VPN and log into the website (with an account that has administrative access to both the website and the file share), I get this error:  cannot find "file" Make sure the path or Internet address is correct.  Why?

    Because your file server is not accessible using the <a href> address, via the internet.

    Monday, September 7, 2015 9:57 PM