Shared netwoek storage space w/ auto deletion

Network storage
Shared Network Storage
Using Windows 2000 as workstations and Windows XP Pro as a "server". I need to find a decent method to complete one of the following: Option 1: Allow users of the shared computer the ability to save to a specific folder and have the folder auto-delete after a certain amount of time. We currently use smart cards and when a user pulls out the smart card or their 45min time period is up, I would like to have the contents of the specific folder to be deleted. Option 2: I have heard about a linux based server that will allow sers to login to it via the web and save files, info, favorites, etc. Anyone use anything like this? I would need it to function with other Win 2000 and XP machines. Option 3? Overall goal: To have a secure place for users to store data files that will run on windows XP or linux.

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You could try SMEServer. It runs on CentOS linux.

You can also try Hipergate. It runs on java and so can be set up on a windows machine also. But the installation is a bit tricky.

There is a catch. If you want to “run” an MS office file, you need a windows environment(or an emulator). It may be better to go for a linux server, if you need just storage interoperability.


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  • Skepticals
    Thank you for the help. I do not need to run anything off the server. I only need to allow users to store files.
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  • SlimDude
    I have two servers, one running Fedora Core 4 Linux and one running FreeBSD, both providing file and printer sharing to windoze computers via the SAMBA protocol. You can even set one up to masquerade as a windoze domain controller. A very low cost implementation. The shares can be maintained by another open source browser-based tool called SWAT. As far as deletions, I would implement that by using a login script to write a timestamped to a log file, and then set up a cron job to monitor the logins. Remove the files after the 45 minutes plus a suitable grace period, say 5 minutes longer. Cheers, Slim
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