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By mday ·
I have a Windows Application that accesses CD's on a remote server to look up system specs and diagrams that was developed by the system manufacturer. The data is not stored in a database but in a series of text and binary files. We want to be ableto redirect the applications input and output to a web browser so certain people can use it over the internet to look up parts. The web server is IIS 4.0. I do not want to have to use Terminal Server due to the cost.

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by Bill_H In reply to Accessing Application ove ...

If this is a standalone app with a GUI, you are most likely SOL - unless you have source code and thus are able to modify it.

If you can modify it, there are several paths you can take: create a server component that creates output as HTML, create a server component that creates text output for use in ASP (Active Server Page), or create a component that simply dumps text to a file, and have the user browse to the text file.

If you have access to or can create an index of the files on theCD, it might be worth your time to create a simple database table (Access/SQL Server/Oracle/what have you) based on the index, use ASP to display the table, and retrieve & display the information based on the user's selection.

Hope this helps...

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by Nate Hoy In reply to Accessing Application ove ...

If you only need one person at a time to access this, and you do not want to spend a lot of money, one possibility would be remote control software, like Norton's PC/Anywhere or something like that.

This would allow a remote user to access ALL applications on a local machine as if they were sitting in your office. I think PC/Anywhere supports VPN, and it is reasonably cheap. Just be sure you secure the machine properly.

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by James Johnson In reply to Accessing Application ove ...

Just use URLs in the client applications to access the information. This should minimize any change on the servers or clients. Instead of accessing the remote CDs with regular paths such as "N:\remoteCd.txt" or "\\RemoteCD\data.txt", prepend "file://" or "http://" to the paths so they become "file://N:\remotecd.txt" or "http://remotecd.txt".

Use "file://" for the remote CDs and "http://" (without drive letters) for web based information.

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