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Offline Folders keep disconnecting, Want to share files over net

I want 4 remote computers to share files in a fast way.

I have Windows Server 2003 SBS.
I set up a user.
I shared a folder.
I opened the SMB ports on SonicWall 2040 router that I have.

On the remote computers, I connected in the following way:
Start-Search-Computers or People
I put in the IP address, then the User name then the Password.
The connection seems to hold.  

The users feel it's too slow to be opening their Word and Excel files over the net in this manner.

I tried offline folders, but offline folders keeps disconnecting.
I tried deleting the offline folders cache, but that didn't stop the disconnecting.

It have read that the offline folders are designed to make connections over slow networks perform well, by caching the remote files.

It's not working for me. I don't know if there's a step I missed.


Thanks

Larry

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Michael WorshamInfrastructure / Solutions ArchitectCommented:
The best possible solution for this would be to utilize the SBS 2003 VPN environment for your remote users. Just by forwarding a couple of ports on your SonicWall to the SBS server and giving each of the user's their own account, you could allow the users to use the Microsoft VPN client on their PC to connect to the SBS server securely, thus be able to map directly to the shared drive instances.

SBS 2003 Required Ports:
http://msmvps.com/blogs/bradley/archive/2005/01/21/33537.aspx

SBS 2003 VPN Configuration:
http://www.sbs-rocks.com/sbs2k3/sbs2k3-n3.htm
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computerlarryAuthor Commented:
I already have set up a router to router VPN between the Netgear in the office and the SonicWall which has the SBS.  I use the VPN for other connections, such as SNMP and Timbuktu.
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computerlarryAuthor Commented:
Rather than use the SBS 2003 VPN, I used the hardware to hardware VPN, which I believe accomplishes the same.
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