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iPad Pro----->Local File Server?
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Thorzdad
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Feb 6, 2018, 11:50 AM
 
I know, with iOS11, iPads gained the limited ability to grab files off the cloud and work on them. But, as far as I can tell, an iPad user still cannot connect to a local file server, correct?

The reason I ask...A couple of people at my wife's office have been handed iPad Pros with which to do their work. They use a combination of apps like Word and Excel. Grabbing files from Dropbox or iCloud Drive is not a problem. But, it appears that they cannot connect to (or even see) the local file server when in the office. (fwiw, the server is a Mac Mini.) This also means that any files they create from scratch on the iPad cannot be saved directly to the local server.

Some rent-an-IT-guy is suggesting a VPN for the iPad users to connect, but I don't think that's going to allow them to see the file server and work with files, right?

So, basically, unless they migrate everything to a cloud-based file server, the iPads are SOL, right?
     
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Feb 6, 2018, 12:06 PM
 
I have never even tried to get to a work server from any ipad. We did use the citrix app, which emulates/mirrors your PC desktop, but that was clunky. Our Cisco VPN connection might grant access to local servers, but doesn't give any navigation. Might need a different app.
     
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Feb 6, 2018, 02:03 PM
 
I think there are ways an iDevice can do the old in-out over FTP, though obviously moving everything to an FTP share may be out of the question.
     
Thorzdad  (op)
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Feb 6, 2018, 02:13 PM
 
I didn't know iThings could FTP. But, yeah, FTP isn't going to work. They'll probably end up moving to a cloud-based solution. Which raises another question...Looking at the file server options on my own iPad, I see only Dropbox and iCloud Drive listed as "cloud" locations. Are those really the only options for an iThing to fetch/send files? Are Google Drive or OneDrive not supported options for iThings?
     
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Feb 6, 2018, 02:19 PM
 
I've been prompted to install google drive, by the youtube website.
     
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Feb 6, 2018, 02:29 PM
 
use cisco anyconnect to connect to vpn.
use microsoft authenticator to prove yes, I am authorized to do so.
then... hmm.
testing out an app called filebrowsergo. [edit] it works! got to network server with address.
even previews word files and images etc. It is a paid app though, after the free trial.

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/file...335493278?mt=8
( Last edited by andi*pandi; Feb 6, 2018 at 02:40 PM. )
     
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Feb 6, 2018, 08:10 PM
 
Originally Posted by Thorzdad View Post
I didn't know iThings could FTP.
In case it’s ever necessary...

App Store - FTP Client Pro

Good stuff.
     
Thorzdad  (op)
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Feb 6, 2018, 08:13 PM
 
Thanks! That looks pretty good. I’ve passed it on to my wife’s coworker.
     
   
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