Handheld Device VPN Word Docs

Discussion in 'Windows Small Business Server' started by ~~Joeskimon~~, Jun 18, 2007.

  1. Our CEO just purchased a new Treo 750 with Windows Mobile on the Cingular
    Now he wants to be able to remotely view (or change) the collection of Word
    Documents currently residing on an SBS 2003 Premium Network Share from his
    phone. There are thousands of folders with multiple documents inside this
    share. Because of the structure (document names are in Date Format), there
    is no way I can upload them to the Share Point Services CompanyWeb site.
    I've already established a secure VPN with the phone, but when I browse to
    the server address using IE, I only get the SharePoint Site.
    The phone has Word and Excel installed on it.
    Can anyone recommend a low cost solution?
    Thanks in Advance.
    ~~Joeskimon~~, Jun 18, 2007
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  2. I think this is an unfeasible request. Opening files across a speedy VPN
    connection (using a desktop) is bad enough, but I can't imagine it working
    well over a GPRS connection. A PDA/phone is not a true computer replacement.
    Even if you loaded all your stuff into Sharepoint, I don't know that he'd be
    able to open anything. Get him a laptop if this is a true need.
    Lanwench [MVP - Exchange], Jun 18, 2007
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    That has been my recommendation from the get go, but he insists that other
    CEO's (at the golf club no doubt) are able to do so.
    Is it because they have infinite amounts of money to spend on elaborate
    hardware, or are they just using a different method?
    This is my first walk in the park, but a colleague of mine recommended the
    procedure of bringing down a copy of the document to the local handheld and
    opening it locally, only to delete when finished. Would this be a good
    work-around for the slow opening speed? (The phone/handheld has expandable
    SD memory capability.)
    Also - how would I get around the SharePoint Server to obtain a listing of
    these documents in File View from a shared drive?
    Again - thanks for any/all input.

    "Lanwench [MVP - Exchange]"
    Joeskimon, Jun 19, 2007
  4. I'd have to agree with LAN a Laptop with a Sprint Card IMO would be the
    "BEST" Solution.
    But you've said you've already connected via VPN
    (Sorry I don't have a Treo, I personally Can't Justify it.)

    But once you are VPN'd can you open up \\SBSServer\Shared folder somehow?

    (Again I don't have a Treo to figure this one out.)



    Russell Grover
    Microsoft Certified Small Business Specialist.
    support @ SBITS.Biz
    Remote SBS2003 Support

    Russ Grover \(SBITS.Biz\), Jun 19, 2007
  5. I'd ask him what they're using.
    Hard to say. For all you know, they've got access to Q's top-secret
    technology (Bond, not Motorola). :)
    Youch - this would be a pain (and again, you'd have to be able to get to the
    file system first to *do* that).
    I'd think this would be slower overall. Still, as this could be a
    pointy-haired boss situation, he'll likely get distracted by a newer,
    shinier object soon, so if you can make it work as your colleague suggested
    & show him how to do it, no harm done.
    You can add a link to shares on your server's file system through
    sharepoint - but I view it as a major security risk, myself. And I'm not
    sure it would work on a handheld.

    I think the best place to ask this sort of question would be
    microsoft.public.pocketpc - I may be way off here, but I just don't think
    this is going to work very well for anything other than occasional (and
    read-only) use.
    Lanwench [MVP - Exchange], Jun 19, 2007
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