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Blocks: Windows Share access (AKA Network Drive Access, SMB Web Client)

Maintained by Picture of Guy Thomas Guy Thomas
Access windows shares via a Moodle web interface.
Moodle 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5, 2.6, 2.7

Access windows shares via a Moodle web interface.

Please note. At the time of writing, version 2013101600 is the latest release and it is finally at release candidate status.

Development of version 2013101600 was sponsored by Overnet Data Ltd

Configuring shares is now done simply by adding them to a text area field (easier to edit, etc). This text area field is progressively enhanced in to a YUI3 table as per the following screen shot. Please can you provide feedback on this new configuration mechanism via the comments on this page.

admin page for windows share access block

picture of windows share access block and share folders and files being displayed


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  • Picture of Paul Mayo
    Wed, Nov 19, 2014, 9:55 PM
    Hello, I am trying to get this block to work. I have followed all the instructions and when i try to run smbclient from cmd it says access denied.
    On the moodle site I just get the windows with tool bar at top and dropdown bbox with new folder etc..
  • Picture of Paul Mayo
    Wed, Nov 19, 2014, 9:58 PM
    sorry I should have said:
    Windows server 2008r2
    moodle 2.7
    cygwin 64
    sbmclient 3.0.7
  • Picture of Larry Miller
    Tue, Nov 25, 2014, 10:12 PM
    I have this working on server 2008 r2 and using moodle 2.7. I originally tried the 64 bit version of cygwin, but it didnt work. You need to use the 32bit. and follow the rest od the instructions. On the moodle block I had to put the share path in with the ip address of the server where the share was. It worked.
  • Picture of Larry Miller
    Wed, Dec 3, 2014, 9:26 PM
    OK, I do have it working to a point.
    I can see me shares, but when clicking on a file (word doc) it takes ages before it says starting download, then it only takes 10 minutes before it then says failed.
    I can then take the same type file from my home computer and upload it with in a minute. I dont get it!!
    windows server 2008r2
    Moodle 2.7.2
    latest version smbwebclient
  • Picture of Dan Jackson
    Wed, Feb 18, 2015, 12:01 AM
    CentOS 7, Moodle 2.6, smbclient 4.1.1

    On line 1587 of class_smbwebclient.php, add N to the list of attributes in order for this to work.

    We recently migrated from an Ubuntu server to a CentOS server and found this block no longer worked properly (we were getting a rogue "N" at the end of file names and they were coming up OBJECT_NAME_NOT_FOUND). Our Moodle support company looked at it and let us know that this was the problem.
  • Picture of Guy Thomas
    Wed, Feb 18, 2015, 12:43 AM
    @Dan Jackson - I've uploaded a new version today that fixes the 'N' issue.
  • Picture of Paul Clarke
    Mon, Mar 16, 2015, 9:48 PM
    Hi Guy - Long time no speak!!

    I have a few small issues with the WSAB Block on Moodle 2.7

    The block is working, however. The home folder picks up the same name as the Block Title. Even though I have changed it in the config.

    Secondly I get the message “Warning: Creating default object from empty value in E:\wwwroot\moodle\config.php on line 5 share definition missing pipe symbol” displayed at the top of the window each time we open a folder.

    Thirdly, as our logins are linked to Active Directory, could we get the block to automatically authenticate us instead of asking for it again?
  • Picture of Paul Clarke
    Tue, Mar 17, 2015, 4:15 PM
    Hi Guy, we have managed to get rid of the error.

    However, still can;t get it to authenticate automatically even with LDAP Capture installed.

    Also we have the issue with files downloading corrupted or only 1k being sent.

    I have disabled the AV scan, I have also used IP address rather than FQDN of the windows server that the share resides in.

    Any ideas before I abandon this?
  • Picture of tim larcombe
    Sat, Sep 19, 2015, 3:04 AM
    I am hoping someone can help. We have installed this plugin on moodle 2.9. I am testing it only as an admin at the moment. It seems to have installed just fine. I can get all the way to see my folders and files. But i can not open or download anything. Is there something i need to do, to be able to do this?
  • Picture of Florian D
    Wed, Mar 2, 2016, 10:25 PM
    Having an issue using the block on moodle 3.0.2+

    it has upgraded the database without any hiccups, smbclient is installed on utuntu 14.04 and connects fine but within the block settings nothing happens when we click on Add, next to shares. Reloading the page shows an input box for just a moment then it vanishes again.

    Probably something silly, maube someone has an idea?

  • Picture of Ian Williams
    Mon, Aug 1, 2016, 10:15 PM
    Hi Guy
    We have previously had this block working fine with Moodle 3.1 on Ubuntu 14.04. During the summer we have re-built the site on Ubuntu 16.04 with the latest version of Moodle 3.1.
    When I open the block and enter my windows credentials, all I can see is a blank folder. The moodle error file lists the following eveytime I open the block:
    [Mon Aug 01 15:05:14.389634 2016] [:error] [pid 3163] [client] PHP Warning: uasort() expects parameter 1 to be array, null given in /var/www/html/ on line 1296, referer:
    Have I gone wrong somewhere?
    Ian Williams
  • Picture of Peter de Groot
    Thu, Oct 20, 2016, 2:50 PM

    Me too. Just upgraded our moodle site to Ubuntu 16.04 and moodle 3.1.2+ and getting exactly the same error.

    Warning: uasort() expects parameter 1 to be array, null given in /mnt/d2/moodle/blocks/smb_web_client/class_smbwebclient.php on line 1296

    A look at the code

    # fix a smbclient bug (i think)
    if (! isset($this->servers[$server]))
    $this->servers[$server] = array ('name'=>$server, 'type'=>'server', 'comment'=>'');
    # sort and select results
    $results = array (
    'network' => 'workgroups', 'workgroup' => 'servers',
    'server' => 'shares', 'share' => 'files', 'folder' => 'files',
    'printer' => 'printjobs'
    if (isset($results[$this->type])) {
    $this->results = $this->$results[$this->type];
    # we need a global var for the compare function
    $GLOBALS['SMBWEBCLIENT_SORT_BY'] = ($this->order <> '') ? $this->order : 'NA';
    Here ? ========> uasort($this->results, array('samba', '_GreaterThan'));
    return $this->status;

    Does this smbclient bug still exist ? smile


  • Picture of Peter de Groot
    Thu, Oct 27, 2016, 12:47 PM

    Bump... bump...... Please sad
  • Picture of Paul Clarke
    Thu, Oct 27, 2016, 3:13 PM
    We have actually disabled it now as it simply refuses to work in our environment. Such a shame.
  • Picture of Guy Thomas
    Thu, Oct 27, 2016, 5:54 PM
    @Peter / @Paul / @Ian - I am working on this at the moment with very limited time. Sorry I haven't been very communicative recently - I've had a lot on with work / other projects.
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