Windows File Sharing over WAN

Posted on 2011-02-28
Last Modified: 2012-05-11
Hi there,

Recently we were hit by an earthquake, our local office has been destroyed. We have now setup our file system with a hosting company on a dedicated server and I am looking into secure but easy access. Currently we have users Ftping files up. This works but its not so easy for the admin/sales people we have, also its slow.
I contemplated opening 139 and just mapping network drives a la local setting. However this is very insecure and a security threat. Unfortunately we don't have static IP's so can't lock down via IP.

Any ideas would be great.

Question by:lemonville
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need more information as to the daily/hourly file traffic type you need to offer.  what do your users need??
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How about Remote Desktop Services? Users can logon, open files with appropriate software, and you can even copy/paste files. No drag and drop, though. You also have 120 days before you need to have licenses.

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The amount of data is about 1TB, file size from 1KB to 10MB.

Traffic is probably 100MB an hour on average the bandwidth is 50Mbit. But most user connections would be 512Kb-2Mbit.

RDP services is not preferred, not a bad method/idea though.
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Draxonic earned 500 total points
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What about WebDAV? Set up the server with WebDAV and the users can map drives to the URL. It will still require them to authenticate, uses SSL, is reasonably secure and is simply a mapped drive to the end user.

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I'm not a particularly religious person, but my prayers are with the people of Christchurch by the way.
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Are you just trying to get your files loaded back to a central location? If your server is hosted, how about a cloud storage provider? This type of stuff is their business.

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Thanks a lot for the assistance. Cloud is an option, but data is expensive here.

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