Remote file access. The proper way?
Posted on 2011-10-13
I am trying to figure out the best and most popular way for office computers to access shared files remotely? I have a small office (10 users) that are on a Windows domain and use shared files within the LAN. The issue is that these users are offsite at least 30% of the time and really need constant access to the shared files while out of the office. I have looked at cloud solutions, drop box, etc, but the #1 requirement is file-locking. If a remote user starts editing a shared Excel file, a local user needs to be informed that the file is in-user and can only be read only until it is released. This is the same behaviour users get when sharing files on a LAN. VPN is too complex for this particular office, so what else can be used to solve this? We looked using an NAS with cloud features, but it just did not seem to have file-locking either.