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Remote File sharing

Is there any solution that allow remote users to access a file sharing to support a max of 30 concurrent access ?

Should I consider some NAS storage like Synology ? It would be great if we can reuse Window AD to secure the folders. All remote access should be secure.

For testing, I have setup a file sharing folder and ask remote users to connect through VPN and access the file through Window Explorer. However, some users reports that it always loss the connection during file copying.

Should I setup a FTP server ? Will it be more stable for file transfer ?

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AXISHK
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Olgierd UngehojerSenior Network AdministratorCommented:
Connection have to stable, even if it slow you can't be loosing session. Users have to be able resume session and transfer, you have to find software what can support this kind of network issue.   Synology or QNAP provide solution to access data by http, ftp, smb etc. You can also sync data witch cloud like dropbox, one drive or google drive and provide access for users from cloud. This way you can have one session with cloud from your NAS box and multi user access for users to cloud storage.
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Bryant SchaperCommented:
Loaded question a ton of solutions.

First why is the VPN unstable.  Should not drop.

Second, can you leverage existing equipment.  For example we use Office 365 and users can store on sharepoint.

QNAP, Synology, a windows file server, linux all will work.  But each would require VPN.  Sure you could use FTP too, but same problems.  I would start by addressing the VPN problem.  That seems more important to the solution.
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AXISHKAuthor Commented:
For file transfer protocol, can I say ftp / http is better than smb ?
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AlanConsultantCommented:
Hi Axishk,

A factor to consider is the technical competence of the users.  The 'best' protocol might be, say, for example, BITS, but you would have to consider how the users would actually use FTP, BITS, SMB, or HTTP.  The latter would likely be via a web interface which most users would find easier than, say, using an FTP client.


Alan.
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AXISHKAuthor Commented:
For hardware consideration, should traditional Dell server Window storage server can provide better performance and concurrent users than other NAS from Synology or QNAP  ? Or will their performance be the same ?

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AlanConsultantCommented:
Hard to be certain, but my experience has been that the internet connection - either the user or the business, is most often the constraint.

Alan.
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