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    Access files from home

    I’ve been looking into the possibility of the HT accessing his files from home. After reading old threads about the problems with Webdav I think it would be easer to just allow read access by creating a virtual directory pointed at the HT home folder.

    I setup a test user to try this on and removed anonymous access, force windows authentication, remove script source access and write permissions from IIS

    All this worked well but how secure would this be to hackers?

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    Re: Access files from home

    Webdav, Don't do it.

    If you want a simple and cheap solution use a Netgear SSL 312 or a Sonicwall 200 appliance.

    Yes, you could do it with several other solutions posted elsewhere in this forum but they all rely on different knowledge and skill sets.

    This is the easiest by far, sits on it's own appliance, only one port opened, AD or local ACL and you have a much wider choice of options than web dav can offer.

    I have deployed over a dozen of these appliances and every school that has taken them love them and prefer to use them over all other methods they either had in place or tested for remote access.

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    Re: Access files from home

    If you are going to allow file access using the virtual directory method you will want to implement at least SSL otherwise the data transfer will be unencrypted and much easier to compromise.

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    Re: Access files from home

    Thanks for the answers.

    m25man a couple of questions.

    Would you recommend the appliance needs its own IP address or would forwarding port 443 from our existing address to the appliance work just as well?

    If all we wanted was file access what would a user see when connecting through the appliance?

    Cheers.

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    Re: Access files from home

    Simply redirect your port forwarding to the internal address you allocate to the appliance.

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    Re: Access files from home

    Quote Originally Posted by m25man
    Webdav, Don't do it.
    We use webdav (web folders) to give access from home via IIS and it works superbly. Very reliable and easy to use.

    No need to be spending money on third party solutions when your Windows 2000/2003 server already contains all you need.

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    Re: Access files from home

    Quote Originally Posted by jwood
    No need to be spending money on third party solutions when your Windows 2000/2003 server already contains all you need.
    Agreed,

    But as there are still a large number of schools, especially those run by novices, hosting users home directories on the most sensitive of servers (PDC's - Viglen Classlink to mention just one) if they are setup correctly they are pretty solid but as soon as you start enabling things like Webdav you need to have a good handle on security.

    Lets face it, the security track record for both IIS and Apache using Webdav has not been exactly the best.

    These appliances start at only £200 with no server, no licences, no server OS needed AND you get RDP, VPN and Reverse Proxy functions.

    If you have a large number of users and Home Folder access is all you need then fair enough, Webdav will do the trick but once you have used ssl-vpn you won't look back.

    For the benefit of the thread starter who's need was just to provide remote access to their HT - the SSL VPN starter appliance is streets ahead of adding Webdav to your Fileserver/IIS and before you know where you are half the SMT will be using it.

    There are plenty of other ways to do it for free without tempting fate with Webdav.
    https://www.foldershare.com/info/aboutFoldershare.php?
    Is just one of a thousand...

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    Re: Access files from home

    Have you considered VPN?

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    Re: Access files from home

    or Log Me In?

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    Re: Access files from home

    SSL explorer is easy to set up and the community version is free. I use it to provide remote file access to the entire staff, and remote desktop access to SLT and other staff. Doesn't require a massive amount of power to run it, I have it on a virtual server at it performs brilliently.

    Check it out at http://www.3sp.com/showSslExplorerCommunity.do

    Mike.,

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    Re: Access files from home

    We use the RM CC3 implementation of WebDAV (Easylink) which works fine.

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    Re: Access files from home

    We use terminal services. Works well, and solves problems with teachers trying to bring in files created in different programs.

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    Re: Access files from home

    Quote Originally Posted by john
    or Log Me In?
    Yeah - if its just one user - LogMeIn is a fantastioc bit of free kit.

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    Re: Access files from home

    Quote Originally Posted by jwood
    Things is with webdav and a completely web based system is nothing has to be set up on the client. This makes it the preferred option if you want students to have access from a public library, a cyber cafe or the grandmothers PC, etc.
    Great in principle.

    But Windows XP has a known problem with WebDAV which pretty much makes it a hit and miss 50/50 chance of working. Not great.

    We eneded up having to use Novell Netdrive for our Public Drive remote access. Unless you use Vista, in which case MS actually got WebDAV working.

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    Re: Access files from home

    Jsut give him a flash drive and tell him to plan ahead

    Seriously I use logmein and it's really useful. Means I can upgrade SIMS from home at 10pm so I can be sure evey bugger is out! Deep Joy!

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