About My Network Places and Web folders

A network place is a shortcut to a Web server or other resource accessible from a network. You can use network places to store documents and to publish documents for viewing in Web browsers. To use this feature, your Web server must support network places. Check with your system administrator or Internet service provider to see whether your Web server supports network places.

 Note   Network places and Web folders are equivalent. In this documentation, if the term Web folders is used and you have a computer running Microsoft Windows 2000 or Windows XP, substitute the term My Network Places.

You can view files and folders on Web servers just as you view files and folders on network file servers or your computer's hard disk. However, when you save a file to a network place, you save the file on a Web server. When you view the contents of a network place, you see a list of files and folders stored in that network place.

You can manage the files and folders on a Web server just as you do in Microsoft Windows Explorer. However, before you can do so, you must make sure that the Web server you are working with supports network places, and you must also have read and write access to the Web server. Contact your network administrator for information about available Web servers and how to access them.

For more information about network places and Web server requirements, see Microsoft Windows Help.

How do I use Web folders to access a backward-compatible document library?

A backward-compatible document library is a network place on a server running Microsoft Office SharePoint Portal Server 2003. Each backward-compatible document library has a unique set of properties and is associated with a portal site. Backward-compatible document libraries retain basic network place functions and offer additional document management tools. These tools include:

  • Commands for document management, such as Check In and Check Out.
  • Commands for document publishing and approval, such as Publish, Approve, and Reject.
  • The ability for coordinators to add and manage document profiles so that authors can define their documents by using metadata.
  • Enhanced views that display extended information about selected items.
  • A selection of related document management features that includes role-based security, version history of documents, and publishing settings by folder.

Using Web folders can give users access to folders that they cannot reach from the HTML view of the backward-compatible document library. For example, members of the Reader role can browse files in the http://server_name/portal_site/Portal/resources folder. Browsing the files can allow users to discover the implementation details (the source code) in the files.

Related Topics

Create a Web folder or Network Place for a backward-compatible document library

View and manage the contents of a Web folder or network place

About document management and publishing

Applies to:
Deployment Center 2003, SharePoint Portal Server 2003