Want to create an file server

I just moved my business into an office and I have tecs that go out on the road and do some basic repairs and service. I want to be able to have a file server that we can keep copies of the software we use as opposed to having to carry all the disks around(and lose).  I have a braondband connection via Cablevision. Is there anyway to make the server accessible from other pcs without the use of 3rd party software?  I would like to have them just have to put our local IP in and be able to access it
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Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
Depends - Cablevision is known to block ports - if you have the business level service, then MAYBE they don't.  BUT, your throughput isn't going to be very good - even with a 10Mb internet link, you never see that real throughput (your cable upload speed is much lower than that anyway.  What I would suggest is Make ISO images of the software and put them on the server.  Then have the Techs burn copies when they lose them (keep the originals in a safe location).

I am sure that there are many ways to accomplish this.  You could install Windows 2003 server and enable Terminal Services.  This comes with the server by defalut.  You would also need to install a cable router in front of your server and use "persistent" port forwarding on port 3389 to the natted address (NAT = Network Address Translation).  Netgear makes a nice wireless router solution:


It would be beneficial to purchase a static address for your WAN interface on the router.  Then the remote users can simply use remote desktop to access the resources by entering your public address.  You can also open ftp and any other protocol that you need.  

I hope this is helpful and if you have any further questions please post.


If you could post a little more information about your network, hardware or needs I might be able to make some other recommendations.

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pcmagic2004Author Commented:
sure. right now i don't even have a server set up. I have 2 Pc's in a peer 2 peer off a linksys router running xp pro.  I might set up 2000 server so I can vpn into the network and to simplify back ups
Is there any reason that you would choose 2000 Server?  2003 Server has a lot of nice features and can do everything that 2000 server can.  Either way the above is possible.

RohnishIT EngineerCommented:
I tackle the same above mentioned problems for my company by setting up an FTP server. Install and configure IIS , comes free with windows 2000, XP

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