I have recently joined a new company and have been asked to identify "opportunities for improvement". This company has five manufacturing plants, a sales office in Michigan, and an office in the UK. The first thing that "sent me into shock" was that none of these facilities are able to access any shared or central server so that the sites can review data and collaborate in real time.
On my wish list is to set up "vpn" access to a central server so these sites can share work product or access shared documents (pdf format). In my 2 week honey moon, I have reason to question the quality and knowledge of the IT staff.
Although the main facility does have XP server, they have the network set up as a workgroup rather than a domain. Additionally, they use static IP's.............
My question is, what is the first step in making this happen?
I am being told that due to the static IP scheme, they (IT) can not set up remote access to the server - although I am an engineer by profession, I do know enough to quesiton and detemine if I am being fed a load of crap. In this instance, I am not sure as my IT knowledge is mostly limted to client machines, hardware, and home networking. This is my first dive into corporate IT infrastruture.
Thanks in advance, I know one of the wizards here will point me down the right path.