I'm pretty sure that using external secure storage FM controls the location of the stored container assets, but you have some measure of control of storage location if using external open storage. Even so, you would still want to use a central storage location I imagine, especially if your are running Server.
Asset content can be viewed directly inside FM, and interacted with to some extent. If you really need a user to get at the actual stored asset you need to export the asset back out to the client machine (use export field contents). This leaves the stored asset in place, exporting a copy.
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You REALLY should not try to touch the remote container files in any way. FMS needs exclusive access to them and trying to touch them will interfere with your FM solution.
Enabling OS-level file sharing on the FMS folders is a recipe for disaster.
If you need the container data locally, use a FM script on the client to export the container data to their local hard disk and then work with it.
That is such a simple solution that I can't believe I didn't think of! I just wish I had posted this this morning rather than fighting with it all day. Thanks!