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Have a client, a real estate agent, With 25 agents, and 6 computers, each computer has Microsoft word and excel installed, the agents are most of the time on the road but stop in office when they need a computer, and use any computer thy find available.

I am looking for a network sheared drive [NAS] where thy keep their documents so they can use any computer and access their documents. Each again should have their folder where only thy can access.

Witch make and model NAS drive would you recommend would best serve the purpose, and have the speed to access the documents as closed possible as if it would be storage locally? Or is there a better solution then NAS you recommend.
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Also consider DropBox for Business as this will meet your need in the Office AND in addition on any smart device while the agent is on the road. DropBox can be set up by secured user. Overall just as good as a NAS.
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Except that it is NOT in the office and depending on the access to the internet that the office has, it might be painfully slow.
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Trying access a NAS over VPN to the office will be slow and overall more expensive than DropBox
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I don't need access out of the office in fact the owner would prefer if thy would not have access to their file out of the office
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Select a good NAS (Buffalo or like) and implement it. They all work, so "best" is a matter of opinion
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Thank you John for your recommendation which model would you recommend.

I need it only for folder and file access from the local machine
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The LinkStation 400 is probably a reasonable device for you

http://www.buffalotech.com/products/network-storage
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Hi Abraham,
I think a NAS should work fine for your situation. I've had NAS units from Buffalo, D-Link, Iomega (now LenovoEMC), and Synology. They all have pros and cons, but if I were to make a recommendation, it would be Synology.

The model you get depends on your budget and capacity requirements. Possibilities are the 2-bay DiskStation DS216j:
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01BNPT1EG

Or the 2-bay DS216play
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B015JQAWW0

Or plenty of other models. Visit the Synology site and/or search Amazon for "synology nas" and do some research.

Put in as much storage as you need, but make sure the size is compatible with the enclosure. I recommend the Western Digital "Red" series, which is designed for NAS units. Get two of the same capacity, such as the 4TB drive:
https://www.amazon.com/Red-4TB-Hard-Disk-Drive/dp/B00EHBERSE

Put them in a RAID 1 config, i.e., mirrored, so you have a backup copy of all data. But that means the 8TB across two drives gives you just 4TB of usable storage, so pick a size that gives you the capacity you require (search Amazon for "western digital red").

All Synology NAS units use their DSM software, which will give you the file sharing and access control/permissions/security that you're looking for:
https://www.synology.com/en-us/dsm/6.0/file_sharing_management

As a disclaimer, I want to emphasize that I have no affiliation with any of the companies mentioned in this post and no financial interest in them whatsoever. I am simply a happy user/customer. Regards, Joe
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Why not use Office 365 and SharePoint?
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I recommended him this as the best solution. But he does not want anything with monthly payments.

In regards to the NAS recommend, can I map a folder to the workstations, and from the mapped folder will each agent access his folder with a password protected so only he can access his folder (from any workstation)

PS it's not a domain environment
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Most NASs would only support you creating a separate share with a dedicated user and password for that share.  Not creating a share and then having individual folders within that are password protected. But some may.
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Hi Abraham,
I recommend that you download the DSM 6.0 User's Guide from here:
https://global.download.synology.com/download/Document/UserGuide/DSM/6.0/Syno_UsersGuide_NAServer_enu.pdf

It's worthwhile to read all of Chapter 9: Set Up File Sharing, but note this on page 48 (copied here under "Fair Use"):
Each DSM user (except for guest) can have his/her own folder called the home folder, which is accessible only by the user and the system administrator.
Also, note the section Set Up Shared Folders, beginning on page 49. The fact that it's not a domain environment is ok — it supports joining the NAS to a domain, but it is not required. I don't know if it can do everything you're looking for, but it's fairly robust, and you should be able to figure it out from the manual. Regards, Joe
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by:Abraham Deutsch
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Thank you for your help

PS I have a DiskStation DS216j and its slow so I would not recommend it.
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> I have a DiskStation DS216j and its slow so I would not recommend it.

Which model (that performs better) do you plan to use?

I have a DS213j on a gigabit network with two WD Red 3TB drives and performance is decent, but there are just a few users at any time.
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I will try the  2-bay DS216play hope will work.
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Please post back here how the performance is for you — I'm very interested to hear. Thanks, Joe
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