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Windows® Home Server Bible by Jennifer Ackerman Kettell, Greg Kettell

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Chapter 18. Accessing Shared Folders Remotely

After you've configured remote access, you are ready to start using it. One of the main things that you can do with shared folders is to access the files stored in your Windows Home Server shared folders. With this feature, you can access any file stored on a shared folder. While you don't have seamless access to the files using Windows Explorer, as you would when accessing your server locally, you do have plenty of control over the files. You can retrieve files, replace them, and rename and delete them. There is even a search facility to make it easy to find a particular file.

Shared folders are accessed remotely through a special remote access Web site hosted on your Windows Home Server machine. This Web site is always secure: it can only be accessed using the HTTPS protocol, ensuring that nobody can snoop on your files as they are being transferred.

Exploring Shared Folders

To access shared folders remotely, you may use just about any Web browser that supports file transfers, JavaScript, and Hyper Text Transfer Protocol Secure (HTTPS). It doesn't have to be on Windows, either. Macs, Linux boxes, game consoles, and even portable devices can be used to access your shared folders and work with the files contained therein.

To access shared folders, do the following:

  1. Enter the remote access Web site ...

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