Basic WAN setup and options
Posted on 2004-11-07
I am working for a company that is based in London, we also have an office in Delhi. I have recently set up a VPN tunnel between the two sites. I have got my laptop working (previously registered on the domain) and one other client that has been added. This was relatively straight forward and is "working". (I'm in Delhi at the moment)
The first issue is speed, both sites are on a 512kbps connection, London at 20:1 and Delhi at 3:1. (London appears a lot faster than Delhi). Both are ADSL, the server is based in London - is there any reliable way of improving speed - i am not expecting fast data transfer but my machine does seem to run very slowly when working via the VPN tunnel (doing any operation). If I get a SDSL connection I guess that would be an improvement as all comunication inevitably includes an "upload" section - any thoughts? The VPN tunnel is set up between two cisco PIX's.
My next issue is that one of my main reasons for setting it up was to have all documents and emails stored centrally. We operate MS Exchange in London but are approaching the 16Gb limit and I have been told that switching to full version exchange is not that straight forward/cheap! I am thinking of all the clients (Delhi) working off exchange but downloading to a normal .pst file. This is more out of necessity than design.... but I think that I can get around this less flexible solution by having some kind of network storage device. Where a large HDD is set to have a series of folders (like user areas) where the .pst files and "My Docs" are kept. Then when a user logs into the client machine the Mapped drive will point to their "user" area on the storage device. This way people can swap desks and we can centrally back-up all the data. Will this work? Is there a better way of doing it?
I am thinking that I can just set up a w2k machine on the network with a fixed IP address and backup software etc - will this be OK? I don't think I can justify the expense of a full NAS device.
Any thoughts on the above will be much appreciated.
p.s. I need to order any hardware in the morning... so please be quick!