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Setting up remote access VPN

By dturner5622 ·
I am helping a friend set up his home office and he needs access to his business office. He has to buy a system for his business office to work as server. Currently uses "Go to my PC" but he is looking for more of a file sharing than remote desktop (as users will be working on the "server" system and can't have their desktop taken over) Right now has 4 users with various hardware and software configurations) Win XP, Vista. He is willing to buy a small server for the business office, and willing to upgrade the remote users to Win 7 if need be. (I am not that familiar with Win 7)Trying to figure out weather to buy the server w/ raid and Server software 2003 or 2008 or set new system up with XP, or Vista or Win 7, use a VPN or remote access through pptp. All he is looking to do is share a drive for the remote users but it must be encrypted as it is a legal firm. He obviously is trying to do this as inexpensive as possible without sacrificing speed and security. I am talking him into the RAID. Did I mention he is computer illiterate so must be as simple as possible. Any suggestions would be great.

Dave

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Well I think you can get him to insist on a VPN by simply

by OH Smeg In reply to Setting up remote access ...

Asking how much it's going to cost him when the Data gets lose in the Wild and those involved sue him?

You can work on the actual Hardware configuration but even encryption may not be sufficient as when you log into the unit and read the data it will not be encrypted or more correctly with the Encryption Key on the Running OS it will be readable and transferable as a Unencrypted File. The only decent solution here is a VPN so that it is less likely that anyone will gain access by accident.

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