Need to share files with others not on site

I have a client on a local domain running Server 2008 R2 (and this server holds all of their files).

What is the easiest, yet safe, way to share a folder of files with other people not on the domain and not on site.  In particular, this company's board of directors (not on site) wants access to certain docs, but of course we want to restrict their access to other folders on the server.

They only need to access documents a few times a year (like meeting minutes, budgets, etc.) and so I'd like a very simple and inexpensive solution.

Any ideas greatly appreciated.

Thanks.
Dave
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Rob WilliamsCommented:
Simplest would be a shared folder on something like a Microsoft OneDrive account.  

As soon as you grant them access by making them a domain member, regardless of how they access the server shares, by default they can access everything.  You then have to tighten down all security by removing "domain users" from file access and adding specific permissions, or use deny permissions for the new group on all exiting shares.
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DaveWWWAuthor Commented:
Thanks Rob for that suggestion.  I'll check that out.
Dave
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Travis MartinezStorage EngineerCommented:
I would also suggest something like DropBox.  You can install it on the server and then link the folder to your shared folder.

The caveat is that once the DropBox application is loaded, you'll need to stop the application and remove the "Dropbox" folder.

Then create a directory junction such as:  mklink /J C:\users\adm-tam2\dropbox D:\Droptest

Where D:\Droptest is the shared folder with the files in question.
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Tom CieslikIT EngineerCommented:
You can also implement free software called HFS file server
This is a simple FTP server on HTTP protocol
Very easy to implement, just run on server, set port you want this software work on and select folder you want to give access to.
You can create users, or not, you can create folder restriction to read only or RW, you can allow upload files.

Very easy to use.  If you will create rule on your company firewall, you can share files to outside.

http://www.rejetto.com/hfs/

Software has nothing to do with Windows File access, so you don't need to create any domain or local users :)
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Robert OrnelasVP Operations at Cook's ComputerCommented:
Google drive could also be used to share files, create a shared folder for them to access and upload the files you want to share with them.
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Rob WilliamsCommented:
There are a dozen or more 3rd party options, all of which will work.  I had suggested OneDrive as many businesses have switched to Office 365 for e-mail, which includes OneDrive, and can integrate with modern servers/domains.  HAving said that, you do not need Office 365 to get OneDrive, free or paid versions.
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DaveWWWAuthor Commented:
Thanks everyone for the excellent suggestions. I installed Dropbox, and it is doing exactly what we need.
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