Remotely Mounting a Drive

Microsoft Windows server 2003 enterprise
August 9, 2010 at 06:06:15
Specs: Windows Server 2003
Dear forum members

Could you please help with the following problem?

To add an added layer of security to a few sensitive files I took what I perceived to be a simple solution. I bought an IronKey USB data drive and attached it to our Server which is running Windows 2003 Server.

The logic being that the USB drive has its own password screen to open it plus if the server was stolen the encrypted drive would be useless. There would only be three people who would need to remotly access these files.

Having inserted the drive it duly mounted and assigned itself a drive letter. Linking to the server from a PC via RDC I can open the drive and run the executable file that opens the logon dashboard. So no problem there.

I then went to create a mapped drive from my desktop to the USB drive which all went OK until I got to the point when I tried to open the EXE file from my PC.

All that happens its there is a momentary ‘egg timer’ and then it disappears and nothing further happens.

You may well ask why not just use RDC to connect to the server if that works. The problem is the files within the USB drive are Word and Excel files and as we don’t load those applications on the Server they cannot be opened.

Any thoughts
Regards
LesW


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#1
August 9, 2010 at 06:54:35
I expect the problem is that the exe is running in the context of the remote machine. When the program runs it will try to access the USB drive on the local computer, which will of course fail. It will then terminate.

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#2
August 9, 2010 at 06:55:15
"Having inserted the drive it duly mounted and assigned itself a drive letter."

The USB drive doesn't determine / assign itself the drive letter - the operating system does, according to what drive letters are available, the first one alphabetically, at the time the drive was plugged in. If that situation changes, the drive letter assigned to the USB drive changes.

"...the files within the USB drive are Word and Excel files and as we don’t load those applications on the Server they cannot be opened."

Go to the Microsoft site and to the Office support pages and download and install the Word reader and Excel reader .


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#3
August 9, 2010 at 08:01:58
Thanks for the responses.

I think I need to come at this from a different direction.

I had been suggesting using the Server because its a common location that the two people who will need to access USB can access. In reality they sit in close proximity to one another so my question is rephrased.

Is there any way two people can share a common USB drive (other than taking it out and handing it across the desk)

LesW


The two people who need access to the contents of the USB drive


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#4
August 9, 2010 at 10:02:42
If the computer the USB drive is always on during business hours then the other computer can map the USB drive with the proper permissions. The problem comes in when you encrypt the files. I'm not sure a encrypted drive can be shared. I could be wrong. What about using a strong password instead?

I would inquire at the drive manufacturer's site.


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#5
August 9, 2010 at 12:48:48
See the site. I feel sure I had read how to use the drive to protect networked files. You may need to open ports on firewalls or nat across routers or such.

Why did it take me over a year to phone in a problem to ATT?


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