With all of the cloud based solutions out there why would you want to use a VPN?
Dropbox, Box, Copy, OneDrive, GoogleDrive are all much better solutions, IMO.
From my perspective, direct file access on a single server that is backup up every night has a lot of advantages, including:
Easy and familiar access
Fast access for in-house users, slower but reliable access for remote users
Easier for users - double click and go
Simpler workflow - no copying files from a "master" source to a third-party cloud drive
Basically, extending the identical resources that are provided in the office through the server, to remote locations seems logical.
Why do you believe that Dropbox and other cloud based solutions are better? I don't see the advantages over VPN.
Speed for one. You’re actually working locally and the file gets synced.
Then there’s the fact that for many of these services, each version is saved. Make a mistake and just revert.
Finally, if you’re connection drops for one reason or another you can keep working because it’s local. If it happens on a VPN you’ll wind up with a corrupted file and a lot of lost work.
Thanks Bob. I am going to test the Dropbox method. Are there any known issues with indexing and synchronizing books contained in a drop box? Also, I understand that file locking doesn't work, so multiple users accessing the same document can mess things up.
Proper communication is all that's needed to avoid problems.
And FWIW, I do this regularly working with others with all files in a
Dropbox folder. No problems at all even working cross platform.