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    remote file access

    Hi

    I am looking at remote file access from home. Does any one have any ideas. A google search was not very helpful.

    I want staff to be able to access their h and g drives from home. I do NOT want remote access involving terminal services.

    free/opensource would be best and linux even better.

    thanks

    nick
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    Home Access Plus, easy to setup and very easy to use! However I see you use moodle for your website, have you tried configuring Windows Share Web Client?
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    Adito/OpenVPN Als (same thing pretty much!) gets my vote - really easy to setup - and you can also setup for some staff to have rdp access to a physical machine in school.

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    Another + for Home Access Plus, a big thread on here about it with lots of hints and tips and the author of it to talk to!

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    Quote Originally Posted by bart21 View Post
    I am looking at remote file access from home.
    You could try WebDAV. Client support is built right in to Windows, so users should be able to simply type a URL in to explorer to get to their file area, and server-side support is built in to Apache.

    I do NOT want remote access involving terminal services. free/opensource would be best and linux even better.
    If other remote access protocols are acceptable, you could try an LTSP server instead of Terminal Services.

    Setting up a Linux-based WebDAV server should be very simple - install a basic Linux distriubtion, mount the user file share somewhere on the file system, then install Apache and enable a WebDAV share on that mount point. I don't know how you get WebDAV to authenticate against Active Directory, you might have to join the Linux machine to your domain first. Ensure you have a consistent mapping of UIDs / GIDs for that WebDAV share, otherwise things will get very confused as people start using the WebDAV share to write files.

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    Quote Originally Posted by clarky2k3 View Post
    Home Access Plus, easy to setup and very easy to use! However I see you use moodle for your website, have you tried configuring Windows Share Web Client?
    Easy to setup??

    I spent about 5 days messing with text config files and ldap strings! I wouldn't call it easy to setup

    Great system if you can get it working

    Personally we have terminal web services. Staff just go to a web page and it creates a remote desktop like they have in school. Its great because they can use Sims from home as well and its easy to use.

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    The videos on the Home Access Plus website need looking at. The bit where the author deleted cookies seemed a little unprofessional and the audio seems to be ok on one but quiet on another.
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