Share files from server 2008

Hi,

I have a server running Server 2008 which holds some company files.  Most my users login to the server via remote desktop and access it that way.  A new circumstance has come up and I need to be able to access the server files via a user's local computer and the Map a Network Drive function.

Nothing is needed to be very private (it's mostly photos), so my first thought was to allow SMB over the Internet.  I thought I did this right by simply sharing the folder (as my server uses a public IP), but I still cannot access the files by typing \\<publicIP>\shared_folder.  My client is Windows 7.

Since this is only for one user and only needed for about two weeks, I don't want to go through all the hassle of setting up a VPN tunnel or SMB of SSH.  

Does anyone have an easy way to set this up?

Thanks,
Phil
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lruiz52Connect With a Mentor Commented:
Are you behind a firewall? If so, most likely it is blocking incoming request for tcp/udp ports 135 -139 and 445. All though I would not recommend it, you could open open and forward this ports to your servers public ip. I would go with kdyer's suggestion, me personally, would  use Dropbox and send read only link to my users if its for short period.
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Kent DyerIT Security Analyst SeniorCommented:
Since you state: "Nothing is needed to be very private " and will only be needed for a couple of weeks..  Why not use something like Google Drive, Picasa, or SkyDrive?  Seriously..  Instead of having to setup the backbone and infrastructure to get into a LAN/WAN, why not take a simpler route?

Just a couple of thoughts.

HTH,

Kent
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