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I'm trying to figure out a means of allowing our remote and traveling users to access their files stored on our internal network servers without needing a VPN for them.

We're currently using offline files and folder redirection for our users' My Documents and Desktop folders.  These folders are currently mapped to our file servers using DFS <\\domainname.net\data\userdata\xxxx>.  I'd like to switch the remote and traveling users' mapping to use something that won't need a VPN.  I've been doing some research and it seems that WEBDav on IIS7 will be my best choice for what I'm trying to do.  So I'd just be able to change our group policies for the remote users that will use https://domainname.net/data/userdata/xxxxx (once we get this working domainname.net will resolve to one of our public IPs when outside of the network and mapped into the server hosting webdav via our firewall)

I know that FTP is supported, but since there's no way to secure the data when using FTP, it looks like webdav with a SSL certificate will be my best choice.

I'm just asking to see if anyone has done this using webdav and has any feedback on the performance/stability of this solution or if anyone has any other suggestions that I can look into that will meet our requirements.

Thanks for you help.  
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You may also be able to use SharePoint services for this task as it will web enable the files/shares.  this would also give you a nice web friendly search feature.  plenty of documenation on this on the web.  here is a link i found that seemed to answer many initial questions.

http://tributarysoft.wordpress.com/2008/08/18/windows-file-share-migration-to-sharepoint-nyc/
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This will work for some things, but larger files & sharepoint don't really mix well.  I think we'll need to use a a VPN, or possibly webdav if we can get that working properly.



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