Did you ever try my suggestion below, using the UNC?
In addition, I did some testing of ftp and found that Word can indeed open files from AFS via ftp and then save them back to AFS, just by using the "ftp://..." syntax in Word's Open dialog. I did have trouble getting it to open directly to my own folder; it wouldn't accept the full "[log in to unmask]"">ftp:[log in to unmask]" form of the address and when I used "ftp://afs.msu.edu" it opened to the root. You can let it open to the root and then browse from there to your private space, or you can just use the form ftp://afs.msu.edu/msu/user/n/e/netid to get to it directly.
Either this or the UNC method should take care of your students.
>Date: Tue, 19 Apr 2005 14:52:39 -0400
>To: [log in to unmask]
>From: Chris Wolf <[log in to unmask]>
>Subject: Re: [MSUNAG] Group Policy and mapping to AFS space question
>How about File, Open, \\afs\homes, Type in ID and password, and then select file to open. Edit the file and Save.
>Are you blocking some part of that?
>At 02:41 PM 4/19/2005, Bosman, Don wrote:
>>We do permit that, but while Word can open documents in the AFS space, it can't save the changed document. The Save option is grayed out.
>>Thanks for the suggestion.
>>From: MSU Network Administrators Group [mailto:[log in to unmask]]On
>>Behalf Of Chris Wolf
>>Sent: Tuesday, April 19, 2005 2:36 PM
>>To: [log in to unmask]
>>Subject: Re: [MSUNAG] Group Policy and mapping to AFS space question
>>At 02:23 PM 4/19/2005, Bosman, Don wrote:
>>>Does anyone know of a way for any one user of a group of users to effectively map to their own AFS space on a Group Policy locked down machine?
>>Open Windows Explorer and type [log in to unmask]">ftp:[log in to unmask]
>>I didn't see anything in your message that would indicate you are blocking that.
Chris Wolf Computer Service Manager
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