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Hi, I have got a client who has recently rented a virtual server online.  This is a Windows 2008 R2 Server and has enough storage for them etc to store their files on. They want to be able to access their files from anywhere so that they can download them to a laptop or workstation and then when finished with the files they would then would be able to upload them back to the server.

They would be mobile in doing this so would not just be office bound.  

Any thoughts?

Cheers
Chris
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choy1977Author Commented:
Sorry there will also be multiple users working as well.

Thanks.
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Zeeshan AfzalMicrosoft Technology ConsultantCommented:
Configure it as ftp server so that users could easily download and upload files.

Thanks n Regards.
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choy1977Author Commented:
Thanks,

If I want multiple users on there would I need to also setup active directory to do this?

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Zeeshan AfzalMicrosoft Technology ConsultantCommented:
No you can create local users and give them ftp access.

Thanks n Regards.
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choy1977Author Commented:
Is this a secure way of doing this so that their files are always secure as long as administrator is not used?

Thanks.
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Zeeshan AfzalMicrosoft Technology ConsultantCommented:
Yes its a secure way because all connection will be password protected and for securing ftp connections you can use ftp over ssl option..

http://www.iis.net/configreference/system.applicationhost/sites/site/ftpserver/security/ssl

Thanks n Regards.
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Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
You can use FTPS/SFTP, VPN, Direct Access (if you have the IPs and proper versions of Windows Clients), Sharepoint, or even a service like DropBox.

(a Form of FTP would be the least likely one to find/or expect these days, in my opinion).
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choy1977Author Commented:
The only problem being is that two of them are using a MAC as well and not all windows so I would think that the best way forward in this case would be FTP?
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Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
Sharepoint should work.  As should VPN.  Direct Access wouldn't from a Mac.  VPN would be the better option in my opinion.

Of course, Remote Desktop Services could make the most sense, but I'm not sure, you might need two servers for it.
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choy1977Author Commented:
FTP Access won't work from a MAC?

how come ? its only through a browser is it not to access the files and then upload them?

Please advise....

Thanks Chris
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Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
Where did I say FTP won't work?
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choy1977Author Commented:
Sorry, when you said direct access I assumed FTP.. My bad :o/
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choy1977Author Commented:
Hi, If I go down the sharepoint route, does this come licensed with windows server 2008 R2 or is it a separate licensed product or FREE and does it take a long time to set it up?

Cheers

Chris
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choy1977Author Commented:
Ok so I have done some digging and will look at going for the sharepoint foundation,  Will this need Active directory installing or can we use local users on the Windows 2008 R2 server?
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Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
That's probably a better question asked in a Sharepoint topic area - Sharepoint is what I have the least knowledge of of all the options.
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choy1977Author Commented:
Hi so I have spoken to the tech support about this and they have said that the best way to get this done is to be able to map a drive so that people can work remotely on their own computer.  What's the best way to get this done please?

Thoughts?

Cheers

Chris
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Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
The only way you can map a drive is VPN or Direct Access.  I wonder what tech support you spoke to?
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choy1977Author Commented:
Sharepoint worked a treat thanks.
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