Granting Workgroup users access to Fax & Scan

Hello,

James is running Windows 7 with a fax modem connected. He uses Windows Fax & Scan to send and recieve faxes.

Lars is also on the same LAN running Windows 8. Lars would like to be able to view received faxes on James' PC. He is currently able to access the shared folder where the fax TIFF files are created. However, it is desirable for him to be able to see in a viewer (or Windows Scan & Fax also) so that he can see the fax details. Can this be done?

Thanks in advance.

Regards,
Real-Timer



> He is currently able to access the shared folder where the fax TIFF files are created.

Then try IrfanView:http://www.irfanview.com/

It is excellent (free!) imaging software that I've been using for many years and can open TIFF files in a network share. The download page provides many links, but I recommend the TUCOWS link to download IrfanView:http://www.tucows.com/preview/194967

This will download a single install file called iview438_setup.exe with no adware and no junk!

And the TUCOWS link for the PlugIns, which are required for PDF support:http://www.tucows.com/preview/415586

This will download a single install file called irfanview_plugins_438_setup.exe with no adware and no junk!

Install IrfanView first, then install the PlugIns.

Although I recommend adding the PlugIns to get PDF support, that's for general, future usage. For this situation, you don't need it, as core IrfanView will handle your TIFF files directly. Regards, Joe



> He is currently able to access the shared folder where the fax TIFF files are created.

Then try IrfanView:http://www.irfanview.com/

It is excellent (free!) imaging software that I've been using for many years and can open TIFF files in a network share. The download page provides many links, but I recommend the TUCOWS link to download IrfanView:http://www.tucows.com/preview/194967

This will download a single install file called iview438_setup.exe with no adware and no junk!

And the TUCOWS link for the PlugIns, which are required for PDF support:http://www.tucows.com/preview/415586

This will download a single install file called irfanview_plugins_438_setup.exe with no adware and no junk!

Install IrfanView first, then install the PlugIns.

Although I recommend adding the PlugIns to get PDF support, that's for general, future usage. For this situation, you don't need it, as core IrfanView will handle your TIFF files directly. Regards, Joe



Thanks. Can the fax server be shared on the network?



What fax server? If you want to set up a real fax server, you'll have to do something along these lines:https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ff630162%28v=ws.10%29.aspx

An alternative is to leverage James' computer and its existing fax modem. Let James' computer receive both his own and Lars' faxes, and store them in a shared folder, which, if I'm understanding your original post correctly, is already happening. Then install IrfanView on Lars' PC, as I described in my first post, and he'll be able to view the faxes in the shared folder. Regards, Joe



You've received good responses from Joe Winograd.
Maybe this will help you capture the essence of the situation.

James' computer has a fax capability (i.e. hardware and drivers) and a fax program that will manage sending documents via fax and receive documents via fax. This is much like a printer that will effect printing documents on the one hand and a scanner that will effect capturing document image files. So, one starts with files for sending and ends with files after receiving. And, there are programs (like Word) which will cause the printer to operate on a document file and there are scanning programs that will cause a scanner to create a file. The fax programs are like a combination of the two and that's about all they are - with a little document management and address book added.

Once the files are created then it's only a matter of accessing them and dealing with them using some app. So, IrfanView or .......

I should think that Lars could use the Windows 8.1 Fax and Scan program and, under Fax Settings / Advanced, move the Folder to point to James' shared folder. Then he should be able to see the sent and received faxes. The only thing he won't be able to do is directly fax or scan without the hardware.



I tried it myself and so far haven't been able to get access from the Windows 8.1 machine Fax & Scan program to the Windows 7 folder: UsersuserDocumentsScanned DocumentsFax_In folder - even though I've set all the shares and permissions and security appropriately (I think).

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