Workplace file sharing alternative?

Looking for an alternative to windows mapped drives. I really hate the way the system works and problems I get.

I'm not here to troubleshoot mapped drive problems. I'm just looking for an alternative to this system for multiple people that  work in different offices and access the same directories and files, etc. I don't want to continue using mapped letter drives that point to one computer on the network, and dont want to run the windows backup on them for the stability.

I'm looking for some type of service that hosts this and runs backups, so we don't have users getting tied up on files or the server, and getting disconnected from letter drives due to something on our network, etc...

let me know if you need better detail, i'd greatly appreciate some help here.
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Lee W, MVPConnect With a Mentor Technology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
Have you looked into SharePoint?
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jqsolaraAuthor Commented:
i.e. files can include all Microsoft Office documents, pdf's, etc...
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austinstaceConnect With a Mentor Commented:
Take a look at Google's new service for online storage. I've been using it for a couple of weeks.

http://www.google.com/google-d-s/tour1.html
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jqsolaraAuthor Commented:
I'm looking that up and reading on it right now. I really like it. We are using Windows 2003 server so I'm guessing this wouldn't be too hard to implement.

I am a system administrator and something like this would be a life saver for the company (we have sites hours away from eachother so it's kind of hard to troubleshoot stuff).
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austinstaceConnect With a Mentor Commented:
oops, hit submit too soon. Meant to continue....

The Google service doesn't provide backups but you could maintain a local copy of each file as backup. Most of the online storage solutions I've looked at required that you run the backup jobs and download it. Doing a search using the string "online file storage" will bring up quite a few to compare.

There was also a review by PCWorld. You can view it at http://www.pcworld.com/article/id,125729-page,1/article.html

good luck
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Dinga84Commented:
Id definatly look into sharepoint services (its free) and from there you can step into share point portal server (not free) if the need arrises.


http://www.microsoft.com/technet/windowsserver/sharepoint/techinfo/overview.mspx
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jqsolaraAuthor Commented:
Sharepoint services looks interesting. I'm wondering how to download it, because I'm only seeing guides but no download link.

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austinstaceCommented:
The system requirements for using Sharepoint Services can be found here http://www.microsoft.com/technet/windowsserver/sharepoint/V2/techinfo/sysreqs.mspx

You can download SharePoint Services from the MS download library here http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=E084D5CB-1161-46F2-A363-8E0C2250D990&displaylang=en

Stace
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Dinga84Commented:
Austinstace beat me too it.

Have a read through the sharepoint questions on here too, there is alot of general info in there.

http://www.experts-exchange.com/Networking/Sharepoint/

A document that discusses the difference between sharepoing services, and share point portal server: http://www.microsoft.com/sharepoint/evaluationoverview.asp

The windows share point services admin guide: http://www.microsoft.com/resources/documentation/wss/2/all/adminguide/en-us/stsc01.mspx?mfr=true

Setting up Windows SharePoint Services as a Collaborative File Store http://www.microsoft.com/technet/windowsserver/sharepoint/V2/fsdoclib.mspx

That should keep you busy for at least a day.
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