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Using SBS 2003 as a file server

Hello Folks,

We have a server freshly installed with SBS 2003 and the object is to provide folders for between six and ten users to store files. (possibly more users in the future)

The end users will be connecting remotely via a VPN,

We would like to find the simplest way to do this without the users having to connect to the server as a domain user, thus, they would simply connect to the internal network via VPN, then access their own folder on the server via a username / password.

Is there a simple way to do this.?
Appreciate any suggestions - thanks
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wantabe2Commented:
sure just create & share the directory but there would be little to no security without AD.
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Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
You can't.  

SBS REQUIRES it be installed as a domain controller.  Therefore you cannot use local accounts which means anyone logging in is logging in as a domain user.

I would ask you WHY you are using SBS if this is what you want?  It's not just overkill, it's overpriced to be JUST a file server - your CALs for it are far more expensive than just server CALs.

If SBS is setup correctly, then they don't need VPN, they can use the Remote Web Workplace.

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ensite31Author Commented:
hello wantabe2: thanks for the feedback, but we needed separate folders for each user, not a simple shared folder.

Hello leew: Actually, you can, but thanks for your input anyway. we installed SBS and demoted the DC, then setup folders creating username/password combinations for each.
 We are using the SBS server because it was simply sitting doing nothing - we, freshly re-installed and used it, and yes you are correct in how expensive CALs are, which is one of the reasons we dont want to use it as a DC, we may climb to as many as 20 users in the end ( between 6 & 10 now) so we don't want to have to spend on extra CALs just to be a file server, that would be overkill !

Thanks anyway for the comments, but I think we've "sussed it" now, and it's working, just thought I'd ask the question in case someone had done it before for similar reasons. !
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Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
> Actually, you can, but thanks for your input anyway.

No, you CAN'T.  We cannot help you violate licensing.

> we installed SBS and demoted the DC,

Then you have violated licensing and the server may well start shutting down after a 3 week grace period... maybe less.

> then setup folders creating username/password combinations for each.
> We are using the SBS server because it was simply sitting doing nothing

SBS MUST - BY LICENSE - Be your FSMO master DC.  There is no LEGAL option in this.  It's a requirement.  Read the license agreement.  Since this site REQUIRES us to obey licensing, the CORRECT ANSWER is that YOU CAN'T.

> - we, freshly re-installed and used it, and yes you are correct in how expensive
> CALs are, which is one of the reasons we dont want to use it as a DC,

So you think if it's not a DC you don't need licenses?  This is untrue.  NAMED users - NOT USER ACCOUNTS - require licenses to access any Windows server.  (Or designated devices instead of users).  

> we may climb to as many as 20 users in the end ( between 6 & 10 now)
> so we don't want to have to spend on extra CALs just to be a file server,
> that would be overkill !


Again, you misunderstand licensing.  I strongly recommend you read the license agreements and if you're having trouble with understanding them, contact Microsoft or a Microsoft partner who understands licensing.  Otherwise, you put yourself at risk of a huge lawsuit if someone reports your company.
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Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
It's an "honor system" of sorts.  SBS 2003 does attempt to keep track of CALs, but it's imperfect and MS realized that.  SBS 2008 and 2011 no longer attempt it and it's purely an honor system.  Microsoft does not license by concurrent connection and being a DC doesn't influence a standard server on whether you need CALs or not (and it's a requirement of SBS).  
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ensite31Author Commented:
Hello Leew, although I did apppreciate your feedback, you may want to tone down the SHOUT MAIL

There is no need to put everything bold and in CAPS to get your point accross, I am well able to get the point without the special justification.

A simple "point to mention" would have been enough to keep on the correct side of licencing and site rules, and your ridiculous "if you're having trouble understanding them" comment, I find quite insulting and completely uneccessary.

Nice to know you now consider yourself the Microsoft spokesman "but it's imperfect and MS realized that.", we are indeed lucky to have such wisdom on this site !

There is a huge dividing line between being helpful and being critical, and you just crossed it by a mile !
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Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
You consider that shouting?  I did that for easy reading... sorry you took offense to it... you do realize that when typing, it can be difficult to illustrate points and judge tone?  What one person does to make things clear and readable may not be intended as "offensive"?  It certainly wasn't in this case... And I won't take offense at your misjudgement.
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Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
> your ridiculous "if you're having trouble understanding them" comment, I find quite insulting and completely uneccessary.

Wow... you took offense at this?  Really?  I've sat in rooms with some pretty smart people and Microsoft licensing experts in Redmond and we - INCLUDING the Microsoft Licensing experts had occasional questions about interpretation... if you don't do this frequently, I'm TRULY IMPRESSED at your ability to read and understand things that so many have difficulty with.  Again, if you chose to take offense, there's nothing I can do about that... but you're the one putting yourself at risk if your interpretation is incorrect.
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ensite31Author Commented:
You still don't see it Leew, even when it's laid out in front of you, do you ?

It's simply your condescending tone,  and implied superiority, it's irritating at best, you may find that even in IT, some humility is a great friend.

Paradoxically, your answer was the one we wanted at the very beginning, so that we didn't waste time going down this route, but a simple helpful, friendly and of course accurate comment would have been perfect.

Point to note: This is the first time in the 5 years we have been paying members of this site that I have ever felt the need to criticise a response ( yip, even the crazy ones who don't bother to read the question), so points to you for that.

Finally, thank you for taking the time to provide the information which is helpful, although in normal circumstance I would have hoped to explore further options, but not this time. Question now closed.
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