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so heres what i want to do. im setting up a website for my school - students page. i want to include lots of video as theres a bit of video editing that goes on, and we are looking at doing a monthly video.

when the students are logged onto the network, i want the website to look for the video file stored on the shared drive (ie \\intranet\studentsweb\video.ext) but if its not available - if they are on the website at home I want it it to play off the website's server.

can i do this using php? if the network version is available play straight away (this is to save bandwidth and load times) and if its not, reload the normal internet version page?


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Try the file_exists() function - Check the manual for more information.

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