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I am looking at remote file access from home. Does any one have any ideas. A google search was ...
5th January 2011, 10:10 PM #1
remote file access
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.
Last edited by bart21; 5th January 2011 at 10:14 PM.
5th January 2011, 11:09 PM #2
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?
Last edited by clarky2k3; 5th January 2011 at 11:17 PM.
5th January 2011, 11:11 PM #3
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.
6th January 2011, 02:34 AM #4
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!
6th January 2011, 09:14 AM #5
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.
Originally Posted by bart21
If other remote access protocols are acceptable, you could try an LTSP server instead of Terminal Services.
I do NOT want remote access involving terminal services. free/opensource would be best and linux even better.
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.
6th January 2011, 09:42 AM #6
Easy to setup??
Originally Posted by clarky2k3
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.
6th January 2011, 10:58 AM #7
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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