Publishing File Access and Local Drive Mapping applications

Published: January 11, 2010

Updated: February 15, 2013

Applies To: Unified Access Gateway

Some of the Forefront Unified Access Gateway 2010 SP3 features discussed in this article may be deprecated and may be removed in subsequent releases. For a complete list of deprecated features, see Features Deprecated in Forefront UAG SP3.

After preparing Forefront Unified Access Gateway (UAG) to provide remote access to file servers and shares, you can publish the File Access and Local Drive Mapping applications in a Forefront UAG portal, as described in Adding applications to a trunk.

When publishing these applications, note the following:

  • If the portal trunk uses the default Forefront UAG portal home page, a link to the File Access application is automatically added to the page.

  • You can optionally change the date format of files and folders displayed on endpoint browsers.

  • You can configure the File Access application so that users accessing files are not presented with a folder tree on the left pane. This prevents users from browsing to any folder except that defined as the application URL (or its subfolders).

  • When publishing the File Access application, the use of Kerberos constrained delegation (KCD) to provide single sign-on (SSO) functionality is not supported.

  • Forefront UAG determines the date format of files and folders that remote users view on endpoint browsers that have the File Access client component installed.

    By default, the format is M/d/yyy. You can change the date format to d/M/yyy, as follows:

    1. On the Forefront UAG server, use the Registry Editor to access the following location:HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT\Control Panel\International

    2. Change the Value data of SShortDate to d/M/yyy.

    3. Restart the Forefront UAG server. When remote users view files and folders, the date format is the one set here.

  • By default, File Access interface presents users with a folder tree in the left pane, and this tree contains all the folders you enable in the File Access administration window. To restrict user access to a specific folder, you can define the path of the folder as the application URL, and disable the folder tree view. Users can then access only the path that is defined as the application URL, including all subfolders.

    To hide the folder tree, do the following:

    1. In the Admin menu of the Forefront UAG Management console, double-click File Access.

    2. On the Application Properties dialog box, click the Portal Link tab.

    3. In Application URL, enter the following, and then click OK:



      where path is the full path of the folder users will access.

      For example:


      ?Path=EUROPE/NORWAY/Bergen&ShowFolders=FalseStep 1

      Parameter names and values are case sensitive.

      In this example, after you activate the configuration, end-users will be presented with the Bergen folder and are able to browse only this folder and its subfolders.

      The parameter ShowFolders can also be used with a Home Directory definition. That is, users are directly presented with their Home Directory and are able to browse only the Home Directory and its subfolders.