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

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Access windows shares via a Moodle web interface.
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Access windows shares via a Moodle web interface.

Configuring shares is done 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.

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

    Bump... bump...... Please sad
  • Picture of Paul Clarke
    Thu, 27 Oct 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, 27 Oct 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.
  • Picture of Guy Thomas
    Mon, 31 Oct 2016, 8:04 PM
    @Peter / @Ian

    Download the latest master branch via git as there is a *possible* fix included for your Ubuntu 16.04 (PHP7) issue:
  • Picture of Guy Thomas
    Mon, 7 Nov 2016, 10:23 PM
    @Peter / @Ian - has the github hosted version fixed your issues with Ubuntu 16.04 (PHP7) ?
  • Picture of Peter de Groot
    Mon, 21 Nov 2016, 3:51 PM

    Guy... Most sincere apologies. For some reason I was not subscribed this forum and did not get the posts emailed. I am sorry.

    Downloaded from Github. Deleted the old code and replaced with the updated stuff.

    Hit the home page and it updated the database. Seems to be working..

    Many many thanks.

    Without seeming to be ungrateful... Just a small usuability thing. When using FF the login screen seems to be at the top-left of the window.

    And I cannot seem to reproduce it .. but when I deleted the old code.. I had some 70 Gig of files in sub direcotories, that appear to be what had been downloaded. I will keep an eye on that and post if I notice it again...

    Once again .. Thank you.

  • Picture of Guy Thomas
    Mon, 21 Nov 2016, 5:27 PM
    @Peter - thanks for the update - I'm glad it's usable for you again. I think the login screen is a system dialog so I'm not sure I can do anything about it.
  • Picture of Peter de Groot
    Fri, 8 Sep 2017, 3:51 PM
    Sadly ... a problem has seemed to come up with 3.3.1

    The fixed shares seem to come up fine... but when I try to access my Home directory (presumably dynamic) .. it comes up with this error

    Coding error detected, it must be fixed by a programmer: print_header() can not be used any more. Please use $PAGE methods instead.

    More information about this error
  • Picture of Colin Wheelhouse
    Tue, 19 Sep 2017, 10:24 PM
    Hi folks, I have uploaded the latest Master version from GitHub and it has now allowed access to the shares again, however the home directory is not accessible by students or staff even though as before the field is populated in AD. I should say that all was working fine before we upgraded to 3.3.1 on Ubuntu 16.04 at the beginning of the summer.

    When accessing the home directory this message appears.

    Sorry, you cannot view your homedirectory online

    Error Message: No home directory specified in ldap for this user

    Any ideas?


  • Picture of Colin Wheelhouse
    Thu, 21 Sep 2017, 7:49 PM
    Update, with debugging turned on this error message appears,
    Notice: Undefined index: homeDirectory in /var/www/html/blocks/smb_web_client/class_smbwebclient_moodle.php on line 164

  • Picture of Guy Thomas
    Wed, 27 Sep 2017, 4:22 PM
    Hi Colin / Peter. Thanks for reporting these recent bugs. I'm sorry I haven't been unable to replicate it or fix it as I haven't had the time to set up an LDAP server + shares. I'll do this as soon as I get some time.
  • Picture of Colin Wheelhouse
    Sun, 15 Oct 2017, 2:54 PM
    Hi Guy,
    Have you had any opportunity to take a look at this issue. I know you are extremely busy and appreciate that this is not your full time. job.

    I have staff and students really desperate to access their files from home.

    Hope you are well.

  • Picture of Guy Thomas
    Sat, 18 Nov 2017, 10:26 PM
    I've fixed windows share web client with 3.3: You can download it from:

    Sadly, to make the plugin pass all Moodle's coding style checks I'd have to do some significant rewriting which is why you can only get it from github.
  • Picture of Colin Wheelhouse
    Wed, 29 Nov 2017, 6:29 AM
    Thanks Guy, much appreciated. Best regards, Colin
  • Picture of Peter de Groot
    Wed, 29 Nov 2017, 10:42 AM

    All good here too... many thanks
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