troubleshooting Question

Shared Excel File over Lan to Lan VPN

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Hello all,

 Having severe speed problems with an with excel file being accessed from a remote office (over a lan to lan VPN) with Riverbeds on either end. For my remote user - it takes about 9 minutes to open the file (sometimes unsuccessfully). The File is 18 Megs, the main office has a 100 Meg connection and the remote office has a 1.5 meg T-1. My questions are:

1. How much does having the T-1 limit my speed to access this file? I know it contributes considerably - but shouldnt the Riverbed optimize this (its configured to)?

2. SOmeone brought up "briefcasing" the files that need to be accessed at the remote office. SInce the excel files need to be accessed by several users (and contain links to other file sources) - this seems outdated and clugey. Is there something I can do to resolve this problem similar to the old way of "briefcasing?"

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