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08 Mar 2012   #11

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You aren't going to find something that lets you map to as a drive (automatically at boot) and be shared over the internet. The best you can hope for is a VPN connection that the user has to kick off, follow by the user running a script to connect the drives.

If it is for simple file sharing, you could just look into a WHS 2011 box and have them use the web console. That's your cheapest and easiest setup.

To accomplish all of your goals, the computers would have to be on the same network.

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09 Mar 2012   #12

 

After a considerable amount of research i think I'm gonna get a NAS with a VPN service built into it. NAS's from Synology seem to have that functionality. VPN will allow me to control who has access to it and keep everything secure. Also should let it work with all OS's which will suite what im trying to do quite well.
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09 Mar 2012   #13

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

I'm glad you have found a solution. Good luck .

Dave
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09 Mar 2012   #14

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Hell Bomb View Post
After a considerable amount of research i think I'm gonna get a NAS with a VPN service built into it. NAS's from Synology seem to have that functionality. VPN will allow me to control who has access to it and keep everything secure. Also should let it work with all OS's which will suite what im trying to do quite well.
Dave brings up a good point for how many users the Synology will handle. It's something worth looking into. I've got a smaller Synology raid drive in an office for backups and it works very well. You can create users and assign permissions within its software. It has multiple ways for you to access files remotely. If you setup the WebDav server, you can map a drive to it remotely.

Just a tip. Review Synology's recommended hard drive list before you build and download the latest firmware before setting everything up.
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