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Implementing file server to share files from local network to outside

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January 27, 2014 9:48:48 AM

Hello, I have to implement an easy access and yet a secure connection to my server outside of my local network. I have to have access to my files on a server hard drive and few NAS-hard drives which are in the same network. Server is beyond NAT and firewall.

What the secure connection to server should have?


    - Secure connection
    - Should be able to share files very easily (like give a URL to the file etc.)
    - Should be able to transfer files and probably create new ones


What connection shouldn't be like?


    - A VPN connection, it is too difficult
    - A dropbox-like system because it is too hard to share so many files from the server
    - Not a filezilla or something like that


I was thinking a FTP server or something like Sharepoint or Drupal, but I'm not so sure how secure it is and is it easy to share so many files straight from my servers hard drives.

My server runs Windows Server 2012 and it's beyond a firewall, I have to make some port forwarding obviously, but the access to transfer EASILY in and out files is quite a mistery to me.

So what would you guys suggest? I can give more information if necessary.

PS. I'm not sure should this be on under networking or is the "Business Computing" best category for this

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January 28, 2014 6:07:05 PM

Easy and security generally dont go well together.

That being said since you dont want a VPN, your next best solution would probably be SFTP. Which is secure FTP, that would be my first recommendation without really knowing the details of the types or size of the files you will be sharing, or how the sharing would take place.
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January 29, 2014 3:42:05 AM

vnet said:
Easy and security generally dont go well together.

That being said since you dont want a VPN, your next best solution would probably be SFTP. Which is secure FTP, that would be my first recommendation without really knowing the details of the types or size of the files you will be sharing, or how the sharing would take place.


I know what you are saying and considering the solution to my problem I realized that FTP isn't the way to go. I made some background checking on VPN connections and Windows Server 2012 Web Remote Access solution. It seems that VPN connection is quite simple to create and it is really secure to use.

But which one would be most easiest to do? I mean with VPN connection you just have to add a dial-in connection to the windows you are using and with web remote access you can just add a certificate to your computer and access shared files via internet browser. Which one is faster way to share files?
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