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MULTI USER FILE ACCESS OVER MULTIPULE LOCATIONS

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GREETINGS, MY BUSINESS RECENTLY ADDED A SECOND LOCATION TO IT AND NEEDS TO NETWORK IT TO THE MAIN NETWORK. BOTH LOCATIONS ARE RUNNING T1, ALL RUNNING XP PRO. MAIN LOCATION IS RUNNING THROUGH (2) LINKSYS ROUTERS. I AM RUNNING QUICKBOOKS ENTERPRISE WHICH IS A MULTI USER PROGRAM. I NEED TO FIND A WAY FOR THE SECOND LOCATION TO HAVE ACCESS TO THE QUICKBOOKS FILE WHILE THE OTHERS ARE USING IT. I HAVE TRIED MANGOMIND, MIRRA, PCANYWHERE. NONE SEEM TO WORK THE WAY I NEED THEM. I NEED FULL TIME ACCESS TO THIS FILE. ANY HELP IS APPRECIATED.
THANK YOU
DAVID
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Look into Citrix.  http://www.citrix.com.  This will allow you to run your application in a seamless window. (it will look and feel like it's running on the local PC, however it will be running on the remote server.)

You will need a server running Windows server 2000 or Windows server 2003.  If running 2003, you will need Terminal server licenses for each client @ around $85 each.  You will also need the Citrix software, which costs around $2000 for a 5 user pack.

A single P4 3GHz with a gig of ram can run around 15 users.

Some sort of VPN is also suggested if running across the internet.  Windows server 2000 and 2003 come with RRAS that can be configured to run a VPN.
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I'd recommend VPN as the solution, with the following caveat:
---Since you are running T1, I am assuming your addressing is static, and this is perfect for VPN.

There are many ways to implement VPN.  I'd change the edge appliances to either a Linksys that supports VPN or (my preferrence) change to an edge VPN appliance.

Citrix is also a decent idea, but it is an added layer of complexity which is probably not needed unless you have multiple applications to use that way.  I suspect not.


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