Connecting to remote samba machine

I have a plesk server hosted at a remote location, and I've enabled Samba file services.

How can I connect to this machine's shares from a remote location on a Windows XP workstation?  Do I have to configure VPN and tunnel in?
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jpipitoneAsked:
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cyrusunccCommented:
yeah, setting up a vpn is the best route if you need to be able to access files off that remote computer...

another option is to use a remote desktop type connection.

logmein.com has a free remote desktop app that works great, easy to setup through firewalls, etc..
the pro version has a file sync option as well.

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cyrusunccCommented:
"file sync" should be "file manager" :)
jpipitoneAuthor Commented:
Well the system is a fedora core 3 server with plesk.  I need to setup the VPN to access the samba server, or can I just use the public IP address?
chawcheskewCommented:
it would be better to setup vpn as straight access to the public IP would not be encrypted and secure.  
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