Storage Over The Internet

Here is the problem I face at this point. I will try to make it brief.

My customer lives in Canada, she also has a house in the states. She has a partner overseas as well as in the US. What she wants to be able to do is drag and drop files and share them back and forth with her partners. I have agreed for them to use my servers or nas drives for storage. I would like to know the best way to do this.
I have NAS drives or I can dedicate a computer for it.

Thank you in advance!
powerpcmanNetwork AdministratorAsked:
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stormistConnect With a Mentor Commented:
A simple FTP server is all you need.
Have them download and install filezilla, a freeware FTP solution that is loaded with features:

How to guides on setting up FTP servers:
TristanIT ManagerCommented:
If they only have a few gigabytes why not send them to something like Skydrive:
It's free and they can swap and store files in a single location.
TristanIT ManagerCommented:
25 gb of storage sorry
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TristanIT ManagerCommented:
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What type of files are they?  If they're office documents or similar, have you thought about a collaboration suite such as Sharepoint/Google Docs/Zimbra or Mindquarry....

If it's other file types you would probably want o either set up an ftp server as stormist suggests, or you could consider setting up a VPN using OpenVPN....
I use a Network Attached Storage device (Buffalo Terrabyte server) and create accounts for the users.

You can setup a router to do Dynamic DNS (many support this) so the various users do not have to know the public IP address of your network (check to see if your router supports Dynamic DNS, and then check out and get a memorable name. Your public IP will then be available by using the "name" you use. The router will allow you (if capable) to setup your DynDNS login and user name, and keep their servers up-to-date with the latest IP address your router has been assigned by your ISP.

Using a NAS solution with a timer (non-use timer) means it doesn't have to spinning a drive all the time, and it handles users, passwords, directory access, etc.

Another NAS solution is described here -- I have one of their enclosures, and it works very nicely. My other NAS is a 2TB Buffalo Linkstation.

Hope this helps.

powerpcmanNetwork AdministratorAuthor Commented:
Awesome Solution, Installed It and deticated a computer and customers are happy.

I realize this question is closed, but you mentioned that you have a NAS device.

If it supports FTP, why don't you just point your router port forward PORT 21 (2021 and either translate the port with the router if it supports it, or setup the NAS FTP to accept connects to something other than PORT 21).

Setup an account for them, and a directory, and voila, no new software, but more important, they're off your server.

Also, if others want to do this, they may not want to run an FTP server on a computer when a NAS device with FTP support will do, and uses less power. These boxes power down after so many minutes when not being used and wake up when accessed. I set mine to 30 minutes. Nice to see it power down when nobody needs to use it.

Add this to your list of options.


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