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    Moodle Access to Windows Share

    We were using an internal Exchange 2007 server with access to folders, however it died the other day so was went to office 365 for email. However the loss of access to network shares will be of some concern to staff. I have been looking at the Windows Share Web Client block to connect users to a Shared drive on the file server

    I am very confused, please can someone clarify if this will now work if Moodle is on a windows server (2008) and the file server is also a windows server (2003)?

    It appears to me that I need to install SMB Client and cygwin, which server does this go on and are there any security concerns with these applications?

    Is there any other way - office365 sharepoint?

    Many thanks

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    the smb client needs to run on the server hosting moodle - we use this to allow users to connect to the home directories.
    My understanding was that it has to be a linux server, but you may be right that you could do using cygwin.
    Another option that we use is to mount shared resources onto the moodle server using NFS. The NFS is mounted read only.

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    Thanks for the reply, am I right in thinking that cygwin allows linux applications to run on a windows platform?

    NFS sounds a simpler solution as staff had read only access through the old system.

    Does NFS also need linux?

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    yes cygwin allows you to run linux/unix apps on windows.
    You can setup NFS on windows, I've never done it.

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    Sounds like I have a bit of playing around to do, or may be learn Linux

    Thanks again

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