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Hi,

I have 1 Head office site and 3 remote sites with one pc at each site at the head office i have a server.  We want to share files between all sites via the server at head office.  I have setup vpns so all networks can see the Head office.

My question is what is the best method and secure for remote sites to be able to share documents with the HO.  

The server at HO is a W3k Server do i need to set the server as a Domain controller and then connect each remote user to the Domain controller?

Any help would be great.

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by:Mike Kline
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How many total users are you talking about here?  Seems like you only have 3-5 users.  You could setup a domain but can they access your server now? The remote users would become members of the domain.

Just a simple NAS/File server could also work.

To be honest in this scenario a simple cloud solution like sharing via google or skydrive could also work.  Example:  http://googleenterprise.blogspot.com/2009/10/easily-share-collections-of-files-with.html

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Mike
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3 users are at head office with 3 pcs and at the remote sites we have 5 users who all share 1 pc at each site.

If i was to st it up as Domain when users log on will it be pretty quick? Yes they can access the server now but i want to make it a bit more secure so thats why i thought a DC would be better.

Are there any issues with remote comuters conntecting to a remote DC?
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by:Shaik M. Sajid
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yes you shoud make a domain for best security... and permissons.

if u want to do more secure... so u can do it by RMS in windows 2003 R2 and windows2008 domains.....

rms (right management service ) having the most advance features in files sharing and security.
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Are the VPN/connections fairly reliable?   Even if your line was measured in speeds of 128k you would be more than ok with only 20-25 users.

If you setup a domain you will want at least two DCs (that is true for any size network in case one box ever crashed hard)

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Mike
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This server will only be used for file sharing and any critical files will be saved local.  So if the VPN was down the local users can still continue to work

Looks like DC is the way for this.

What do i set the remote sites dns to does this need to be the server?

Thanks for all your help.
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You set the remote boxes to use your DC as DNS.  You would join the PCs to the domain and then create them accounts in the domain.
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So just as if a local DC.

Brilliant thanks for all your help.
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