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    Syncing User files to a Webhost

    Been asked to push on with getting a webhost and syncing all user data on our domain to it. This will mean that i need to setup various permissions too (oh the fun).

    Money isnt an object to a certain point so we can rent a webserver all too ourselves - do you think this would be the best bet? I have seen them advirtised for around £40pm iirc.

    Ive been recommended to look into RSYNC. Any other recommendations?

    Also my domain is behind several prohibiting firewalls which block all unnessisary* ports. (* their idea of unnessisary isnt nessisarily the same as my idea). Could this prove a problem?

    Im not wuite sure on how RSYNC works. Can i set it up on my domains server to look up onto the webhost and then sync? Or does it have to be the other way round, ie teh webhost looks to my domain?

    Any info on anything related appreciated :beer:


    (Did i mention my boss wants a ballpark figure by monday? )

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    Re: Syncing User files to a Webhost

    what data do you want to sync

    what platform will the web server be

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    Re: Syncing User files to a Webhost

    Sorry i was abit rushed before, ill try again



    All staff user folders & public areas (server2003) synced to a webhost. Platform? Whatever will be best. Ive seen "rent your own linux server" ads on the net at about £40pm iirc.

    It doesnt matter too much what platform, if MS2003 will be the best for the job i will go with that. But if its a linux distro i will use it for our website also. But i can always rent some space somewhere else if it could cause a problem as im not keen on IIS

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    Re: Syncing User files to a Webhost

    Oh and we're talking upto 150gb of data to be synced

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    Re: Syncing User files to a Webhost

    Why not just run IIS + WebDAV on your File Server and allow remote access over HTTPS?

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    Re: Syncing User files to a Webhost

    dont think i can. We are part of the Easynet North east grid. As such it is a massive pain in the ass, even getting ports unblocked seems an impossibility.

    What does this involve as I will ask all the same? It would seem if this is possible it will be far ar easier

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    Re: Syncing User files to a Webhost

    Lancs LEA accomplish this sort of thing with a reverse proxy.

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    Re: Syncing User files to a Webhost

    Yeah our LEA are trialling a few differant companies in the reverse proxy route but my boss wants it now! lol

    I can see myself having to learn everything about reverse proxies, rsync, etc

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    Re: Syncing User files to a Webhost

    We're in Durham LEA and used to use Easynet until DurhamNET came on the scene. We've had port 443 opened up for ages for WebDAV, even when we used Easynet, so all it should take is a few emails and some configuration on your firewall to allow it through.

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    Re: Syncing User files to a Webhost

    Hmm thanx webman. Will contact easynet/lea tomorrow.

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    Re: Syncing User files to a Webhost

    Not sure if this is the same as a reverse proxy (as I don't know what one is) but you could:
    Get a company (I saw a UK based one on the web that did this) to host a VPN for you (so it will have a public IP address). You then set up a VPN connection OUT from your server to their VPN. Users also set up a VPN connection to the same public VPN and hey presto they can access your server.
    If you can't find someone who will do it on google, perhaps approach a smaller hosting firm or somewhere that babysits servers. All they've got to have is a VPN router plugged in and a public IP address. It's easy money.

    EDIT: Found it:
    http://www.exlayer.co.uk/exlayer.net/ssl-vpn_en.html

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    Re: Syncing User files to a Webhost

    Ive been looking at SSLExplorer and so far it seems like it will suite us just fine. I understand this software is free, can anyone comfirm this?

    Anyone had any experiance of this software and would like to share any concerns they had?

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    Re: Syncing User files to a Webhost

    From the SSLExplorer website:

    Licensing Information

    SSL-Explorer: Community Edition is licensed under the GNU General Public License. This is a license that allows the free1 use of the software for commercial/non-commercial usage, however you must not incorporate code from this software into a commercial product, unless your commercial product is also to be licensed under the terms of the GPL.
    http://3sp.com/showSslExplorerCommunity.do#licensing (at the bottom)

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    Re: Syncing User files to a Webhost

    So YES its FREE. Nice one.

    So what is your WebDav frontend like Webman? Did you just build it yourself?

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    Re: Syncing User files to a Webhost

    No, it's all part-and-parcel of our RM CC3 network; remote access comes as standard.

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