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Linking Windows Server 2008 over WAN

Posted on 2011-04-24
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trying to think of the best way to link all servers together so that users can share files. We have a folder called company which I would want to be accessable from all sites. But without the need for users to log into a VPN to see. Ideally it would be another share on their local server. So not sure if I would have one copy of the folder that other servers have access to or each server has the folder locally and changes made are somehow replicated between them.

Also the ability for users to print from a computer connected to a server (windows server 2008) in the philippines and for it to print out here in the UK via our windows server 2008 machine.

We also have an office running small business server 2008 which I would also like to link up.

I know this is all possible just trying to think of the smartest way of doing it...

Question by:andybrooke
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Svet Paperov earned 2000 total points
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You need couple technologies to do that.

First, you need to establish site-to-site connectivity (not related to Windows configuration). The best way to do that is site-to-site VPN between the firewalls or edge routers. For example: IPsec site-to-site VPN with Cisco ASA 5510. Here are two examples:
http://www.cisco.com/en/US/products/ps5855/products_configuration_example09186a0080a9a7a3.shtml and http://www.experts-exchange.com/Security/Software_Firewalls/Enterprise_Firewalls/Cisco_PIX_Firewall/A_1276-How-to-configure-Site-to-Site-VPN-on-a-Cisco-ASA.html

Site-to-site VPN is transparent for the users on both ends.

Then, the next technology to implement is Distributed File System (DFS) on Windows Server 2008. Here is some information: http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserversystem/dfs/default.mspx. This will help you to create mirrors of the shared folders on the local servers and synchronize them.

I hope this will help

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