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We have an onsite cafe and a daily lunch special.  Since we are in a remote area of town we allow the public to also dine here.  We have an internal .asp that makes a call to our MS SQL DB and pulls the daily menu.  Right now when the menu is updated it is scrapped and saved as an html file that is then task scheduled to FTP to the hosted internet site.

Problem is changes are made last minute, etc. so the menu on the internet site is not always current.

What would you suggest as to how to get access to that one .asp intranet page on the internet hosted site without having to open up unnecessary access to the intranet site.

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There are a few choices to solve the problem.  I do not suggest exposing the Intranet website to the Internet, bad security practice.

I can think of the following options:
1. move the publishing process (ftp html file to internet site) into the menu update process.  This makes the scheduled task irrelevant.
2. run Directory/File synchronization software that actively watches the menu html file, when the file is updated, it could execute the ftp push to Internet site.
3. run the FTP scheduled task at a faster frequency (e.g.: every 5 minutes)

Trying to expose a single page is not simple.  You have to open an http or https port on a firewall to allow access to the server.  You can't open those ports (80 or 443) to only a single web page.

You could build a more complex hole thru the firewall that explicitly defined your external web server to have access to your intranet server, but if you are using a shared host, then everything/everyone on that remote server has access.

Dan
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