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By wolfman_20601 ·
I have recently been contracted to a compnay that has asked me to setup an office interconnect as cheaply as possible( eg without servers if possible). How do i go about setting up an intranet with two offices about 3 hours drive time apart???

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by wolfman_20601 In reply to VPN or Intranet

Point value changed by question poster.

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by mikex In reply to VPN or Intranet

2 routers & direct routing

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by wolfman_20601 In reply to

This would be nice but i dont have the resources to do that with . also which would be more secure ....VPN or intranet??..which would be CHEAPEST??
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by sgt_shultz In reply to VPN or Intranet

yes, i envy you. it is cisco time. ask your isp and/or phone company for help. if you want to really impress customer, spend the money you haven't made off them yet and call cisco/microsoft, see if you can afford them to consult. see how much you can find out presales wo pulling out cc. ask for resources and pointing in the right direction as much as hard solutions. buy some books dear! tell your story and ask for help. maybe you get some free help if you are nice and it is win2003 on at least one box. good luck

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by wolfman_20601 In reply to

I agree but i have to use existing equipment per customer and no win2003 isnt on a system they have....8 XP boxes and 1 2000 professional box
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by CG IT In reply to VPN or Intranet

you haven't provided enough information for prelimnary design considerations. All you have said is customer wants to setup a means to interconnect 2 offices together and with subsequent comments said the equipment are XP and W2K boxes. you haven't mentioned the purpose of interconnecting the 2 offices. Whats the purpose behind connecting the 2 together? Share what? how often? how many actually need to access the other office? What is the existing type of service? If a company gave you the contract to do this, you must have shown them you know something about networking. From your post, it appears you know nothing.

I'm gonna flame you here because Techrepublic Q&A is rife with kiddies who play the 20 question and then do 20 rejected suggestions. This isn't the "lets see how vague a question you can ask and reject all answer forum".

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by wolfman_20601 In reply to

First of all..I am a tech of 10 years. Second of allthe purpose is file sharing.as to how often,everyday .everyone needs access to other office. and lastly the contract was given to me due to past experience with this customer..and ill thank you to show a little respect when you answer my question next time ...the reason for the unacceptable answer is that you are being very nasty towards someone on a honest post..not a "kiddie" thanks for your time

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by mikex In reply to VPN or Intranet

:) Yeahh... the cheapest way to do it is not so good for you, but still you may reconsider it:

Run/Drive between the offices and supply the needed information either on a floppy disks or CD-ROM

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by wolfman_20601 In reply to

i wish that were the case but unfortunately i cant and wont put that many miles on my car. Poster rated this answer.
the rasting is not to be bad.i like a lil humor

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by CG IT In reply to VPN or Intranet

if you have a simple network in one office of 1 box acting as a gateway e.g. ICS NAT box with a couple of the other boxes connecting to it via a hub or switch and the other office is the same setup and all you want to do is share files between the offices using the existing equipment [and there are no routers [commercial or consumer level in the mix, and you can't spend any $$ for the project,] use FTP. If you have some $$ to spend, buy 2 VPN End Point consumer level routers. The routers are the VPN End Point tunnel which means you can setup and maintain a IPSec 24/7 VPN tunnel between the routers. Users just use the tunnel to pass data back and forth. Ebay has some Linksys consumer level VPN End Point routers for about $30 to $50 USD. Note ALL computers and ALL users will be required to be part of the same workgroup. NTFS permissions on the shared folders.

An intranet will require you to setup a web site on one of the boxes. Though you could go this route, you'll still need FTP for upload and download of files to be shared. unless your talking about using something like Sharepoint Services. [which costs $$ and requires a server. which also costs $$].

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