File Sharing over the Internet (NetBIOS like)
Posted on 2003-11-07
I'm trying to share a simple folder over the Internet.
I have Windows 2000 machines, and I want to have access to text files in the folder and share Excel workbooks in real time (in Excel click Tools->Share Workbook). I can currently do it over the LAN with NetBIOS, but cannot do it over the Internet.
NetBIOS would have probably been the perfect solution for me.
However, I found out that my cable provider completely blocks ports 137-139 (NetBIOS). So even my best effors to open NetBIOS will be wasted. (I already tried). But then maybe it's a good thing (because of NetBIOS security issues).
So, I am looking for a different solution. And hopefully simple and cheap.
I searched for VPN, RRAS and other things, however I don't see a simple clear way to share the folder(s). I was unable to locate VPN or RRAS software either. Also, I'm not exactly sure if VPN and RRAS will do what I want to do.
I don't have RRAS (unless I'm looking in the wrong places in Win2K)
I don't want "remote control" software, since I don't want to "be" at the remote computer, but just use its folder.
I was thinking of maybe setting up a distributed file sharing system that automatically updates the updated files. But no. It's too advanced/complex for my task. It will also take more resources by unneeded replication. I'd rather have a single folder location if possible, and have other computers (clients) access it across the Net.
I am looking for something that will give me "NetBIOS"-like file sharing. Or NetBIOS-like service that runs on a different port.
FTP client/server will not work for me, because it's lacking a specific feature: I can't open a file directly from the remote FTP server, and save it directly to the remote FTP server. If there is an FTP client/server that allows me to do that, then it may be a solution for me.
do you know if there's any software or methods to share a folder like that ?