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I have a boss that wants access to a file share on a Windows 2012 server when she is out of the office. I know I can set up RDP and have her remote to her desktop, but she is really just interested in the one file folder. Is there another way to accomplish this? She usually has an iPad, but sometimes a Windows 7 laptop.
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You can configure the server as a VPN server and connect securely using laptop. I don't have an iPad and don't know if it can be configured to connect to VPN server. So this might not be as good...

I can think of one more elegant, faster and more secure solution (if your company policy and the boss approve) - use SkyDrive (soon to be Onedrive) or Dropbox. Configure just the folder boss wants to synchronize with the cloud and you're done.
It does not even has to be whole folder - make a subfolder or new folder with the files the boss wants.
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An option that could work with the Win 7 laptop is to set up the folder as an offline folder.  The system will make a local copy of it and resync when you connect or disconnect from the network.
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There is definitely an easier way -- Install the Server 2012 Essentials Role on your server:
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dn280940.aspx

Once this is installed you can configure Remote Web Access and she can access the files via a web browser.

Jeff
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I will set the server up as a VPN server, thanks.
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