The problem we have is simple and I doubt we're alone in having it, our users want access to their Windows shares from off-campus. We need a solution that's secure and simple. ATM we are running the Davenport SMB to WebDAV bridge and it does work, but the code is a bit buggy and not under active development any more. The WebDAV aspect works great though. We also run WebDisk which is a HTTP (i.e. web page) to SMB bridge and that works too, but is nowhere near as handy as being able to mount the share removely over WebDAV.
Are there another better alternatives out there that you could recommned? We try to run all Linux servers where possible, so ideally any solution shoudl run on Linux.
P.S. I should have been more clear up-front, a VPN is not a viable solution for us ATM, just not practical with a few thousand staff and students and no budget for a VPN solution.