Similar to this question, but what I want is a check in / out feature that is built in to Windows File Sharing. The server it would run on is a Windows SBS 2011 server, and the clients will all be Vista or 7. Microsoft Office is a small set of files that they need access to, but that is not the main concern

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There isn't any check in/check out feature of the File Server role that I'm aware of but Sharepoint in SBS 2011 has that feature. You would need to migrate your documents to a Sharepoint Document Library in order to to make use of it.

I'm not positive but this Sharepoint capability might be limited to Microsoft Office documents.

  • It's not just limited to MS Office documents, but the integration and automatic checkin/checkout is. I've used SharePoint for .txt and .html based files and been able to check them in and out just fine. And I'm not positive, but I think you can manually checkin and checkout files of any filetype. – HopelessN00b Aug 29 '12 at 11:26

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