another way to access mapped drives remotely?

Hey guys,

When users work remotely with there work laptops they use a VPN client in order to gain access to there mapped network drives. This at times is unreliable and causes me headaches... is there any other way that I can setup my users to gain access to there mapped network drives???
sbodnarAsked:
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sbodnarConnect With a Mentor Author Commented:
turns out that you can setup OWA direct file access with is another way to access your shared drives once you configure it. Its a great tool to have as a backup if your VPN connection is slow or fails to connect.
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Mohammad Ishtyaq KhatriCommented:
hello sbodnar,

you have another option also, you can use ftp... filezilla is free as well. so vpn is not required, it can be accessed over the internet.

THanks,
AgentMIK
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pointermanksCommented:
I have my users set up so the VPN initializes before the windows login.  Then when they log in it authenticates through the domain controller and runs a *.bat file that will hook up the network drives.  Also have the users have a copy of the bat file on the local pc so if it does not connect automatically, have them run the bat after they get the VPN connection
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Miguel Angel Perez MuñozCommented:
Give the user complete UNC path to remote shares: \\server1\data = Z: (for example)
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sbodnarAuthor Commented:
Im trying to avoid the use of VPN all together if possible. Not trying to figure other ways to use it.
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pointermanksCommented:
You can set up each pc with a publc ip nat to a private then utilize RDC for connections that will allow them in if you set the rule in the firewall.  Not very secure though....
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sbodnarAuthor Commented:
any other ideas?
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sbodnarAuthor Commented:
This was the best solution that fit what I was looking for that was secure and reliable without added expense.
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