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#1 YourMind

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Posted 23 February 2016 - 06:09 AM

Hi, hope this is the correct part of the forum to ask this question.

This is the situation 

Small business ( location 1) with 12 users , 1 NAS with shared files, the location of the office can only get 3.5mb internet, quite slow.
The MD of the company has VPN access to the network and has a 50mb connection at home ( location 2) . 
He often uses large files and finds that the VPN connection is very slow to access stuff at location 1
I can see the bottleneck is the 3.5mb connection at location 1. 

How can I improve the current setup?

1. No Fibre and going down the leased line route and upgrading the internet at location 1 is too expensive.

2. I thought about having a cloud sync of the data on the NAS so the MD when at home on his 50MB connection can pull down files much quicker. 
What I don't want to do is have to have a local copy of all the NAS data from location 1 on his laptop.

3. Maybe it would be better for the MD to have a workstation at home with a dropbox account syncing all the data off the NAS onto his local workstation machine. 

Any advice would be great.



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#2 Kilroy

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Posted 23 February 2016 - 11:52 AM

It is difficult to say without know the type of data being accessed and how large the data files are.

 

I think you're going to need to go with a cloud based solution as having files in multiple locations quickly leads to version issues, which version is the right one.

 

Any cloud based solution means that you have to trust the provider with your data, something a lot of companies are unwilling to do.



#3 Wand3r3r

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Posted 28 February 2016 - 12:39 PM

consider instead a RDP connection to a server at site 1.  Instead of pulling the file across the wire only the video/keyboard/mouse clicks are passed over the wire.  Everything loads on the RDP server not the local client.  Which also means it needs to be a fairly beefy server. More secure and better usage of the bandwidth.

 

You may want to consider bringing in another 3mb link to site one and use a dual wan port router to balance the connections for more bandwidth.



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Posted 29 February 2016 - 07:32 AM

I like the RDP option that Wand3r3r brought up.  The user would VPN as normal and then connect to the RDP box, it can be a workstation and doesn't have to be a server.  A server OS would allow two people to connect to it, a workstation OS will allow one. Then they would do their work on the RDP box.  This is the method that I use when I need to push install files to user's machines when I work from home.  This allows me to use my work's full network speed to push the files rather than being limited by my upload speed.






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