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Topic # 22914 11-Jun-2008 23:33
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Hi all,

I have a PC on a LAN which has 2 large HDD's installed. These HDD's are filled with all sorts of content *legal* content. At the moment I am just using the Windows file sharing and only allowing 2 connections to each share to preserve disk life. I would like to run the file server in a web form, similar to FilePlanet, RapidShare etc as it should idealy have the following geatures:

  • MUST be accessible as a webpage
  • MUST run on a windows machine
  • Has the ability to control downloads by having a queue that users must wait in for their downloads to start
  • Ideally have upload capability
I have found several items out there that show your folder structure but all of these meant the users could just click their way down the structure and then click the file they wanted and it would just download as an HTTP download.

Some even cooler features would be:

  • A page showing recently added files
  • Be able to use Domain Authentication
But these are just wishes.

Does anyone know of a software or PHP script capable?

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  Reply # 137986 14-Jun-2008 14:05
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No replies to this indicates that people are as confused as I am about what you want.

You mention domain authentication - do you have a Windows Domain? If so, you pretty much already have a file server.

A webpage with download queues that doesn't use HTTP for the transfer and does use authentication, and wanting PHP all sounds odd, and doesn't describe any software package I am aware of (bear in mind the things I am not aware of would fill several small suitcases, or planets).

It sounds like you would need to develop this capability yourself (as in, code it from scratch). I suspect that the simple act of posting the query you have indicates you do not know how to build this yourself though.

What are actually trying to acheieve - rather than lump all this wierd capability together, lets talk about your goals, and who/where your end users are, the type of content, LAN or WAN/Internet ?

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  Reply # 137995 14-Jun-2008 14:23
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thanks for the reply, sorry for it sounding so confusing.

The problem:
My server has FTP for external network (internet) users and windows UNC file shares for internal network users. The shares access is controlled via their domain logins. The problem we have is at any one time upto 50 people can be accessing at a time. This makes  transfers slow and the disks begin to degrade. I know, buy a SAN but it still doesn't solve the file server component.

The best way I can describe what I want is a "Web-Based File Server".

It must have a Download Queue - This way users can click the file they want and be placed in a queue if any other downloads are in progress. When they get to the front of the queue they can download the file. This way only 1 file transfer can happen at a time. I have seen this functionality in several places (like the onld Xtra Games website) where you were placed in a queue to download your files.

I have found several products like HFS (HTTP File Server) which lists the folder structure as a webpage allowing you to browse the directories but it can only restrict the number of simultenious downloads.

The site would obviously be Java, AJAX, Perl or something similar but it has to have the ability so when someone clicks a file they go into a queue and when they are at the front of the queue the link becomes active for them to download the file.

Hope this helps :)


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  Reply # 138000 14-Jun-2008 14:48
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Sounds clear to me Zee, but i dont know of any software that will perform this function

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  Reply # 139035 18-Jun-2008 19:32
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A simple (but not so effective) workaround could be to just use limits on your FTP server to only allow a limited number of people to connect at once.

Have you tried searching Sounds like something that you may find there. But then you open another can of worms in that you'll need to allow web access to the site, and you'd probably want the connection secure so you'll have to buy an SSL cert, or provision one in-house if you can.

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