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Hello all, seems my involvement with computers has grown and I've found my self in the need to access a shared folder on a server. I've read some documentation and managed to set up the folder as a share, for this I created a local group and for now just one local user that has access to the share, the folder is in the public user folder and it's permissions should be (and I believe they are) read/write. The problem is that I can't connect from a remote machine I mean I don't know how the way it should be accessed, the server has a public IP and we use it also as a host to our website I don't know if that affects it though, the folder will be used as the "keeper" for the QuickBooks company files and has the database server manager installed. I've tried setting up a VPN Connection to the but no success. The server has a domain name a "http://www.example.com" that redirects to our website, I am unsure if it could be accessed that way, also the share has a location displayed when I right-click > properties

Heres what I've tried

  • Setting up a VPN Connection (Windows Vista and 7)

    Got to the point where I got asked for credential and entered the user I created (which is not an admin) but I got a "Connection fail error 800" I suppose this is because in the domain field I entered the servers workgroup.
  • right-click > add network connection (Windows 7)

    Went through the wizard until I reached the point of entering the location, tried many things, the name in the share's properties(\\SOMETHING\Share), the http://www.example.com , the IP address

I'm quite unfamiliar with this, so I have my guesses:

  • Since the group and user are local they do not have access to the folder.
  • The firewall in the server is blocking my connection.

Anyways, any help and guidence is truly appreciated.


As @tony roth pointed out it may be a security fail, an I commented it out to management and said that that is not an issue, so please bare with me.


I've found out that the real question could be streamlined to "Sharing folder in a Virtual Private Server?", as thats what we have, a virtual private windows server 2008 R2, and I would like to know how to make it show like a normal folder in the client computer.

Thanks again for all of your support.

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Is the server and client machines on the same network? If so, you shouldn't need a VPN. Can access \\server\share while logged in as administrator on the server? –  Zoredache Jan 14 '11 at 16:28
the server is a GoDaddy server, as I have no physical access to it and I manage it by a remote desktop connection (run > mstsc). –  Triztian Jan 14 '11 at 16:31
don't want to sound mean or anything but I think putting your QB files on a share thats public created by a non-admin is potentially settings things up for quite a security failure. –  tony roth Jan 14 '11 at 16:32
Yeah, I also think that, but the problem is that the company has business in different countries so the other location must be able to access it remotely, I'm unsure if we can host the files here in my office and be accessed by internet. –  Triztian Jan 14 '11 at 16:36
So what other options do you recommend. –  Triztian Jan 14 '11 at 18:36
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