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In an attempt to transfer a 60GB file (SQL database file) over the wire via a VPN connection, we're only able to get about 1/8 the file over. How can we get around this timeout issue? Or do we have ways to break apart the file into multiple pieces?

Just looking for ideas.

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Split it MacGyver. You have a knife and duct tape. – mailq Dec 5 '11 at 23:28
There are dozens of ways to split a file into smaller chunks for transmission. The one I like to use is a multi-file RAR. However, perhaps you should find out why your VPN is dropping your connection... – Mark Henderson Dec 5 '11 at 23:30
@mailq haha! I don't usually bring my knife to work. They have policies. – MacGyver Dec 5 '11 at 23:39
How are you transferring the data? – xeon Dec 5 '11 at 23:42
just a Windows transfer using Windows' VPN. Configuration of VPN in my link in Holocryptic's answer comment I made. I haven't yet tried FTP. – MacGyver Dec 5 '11 at 23:46
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Programs like 7-Zip or WinRar have the ability to break up files into smaller chunks that can be re-assembled later. But like Mark mentions, you may want to look at why your VPN is dropping the line.

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here's how we set up the VPN in Windows Server 2008 (same in Windows 7) if you have any ideas. For now, I'll attempt to use WIN-RAR.… – MacGyver Dec 5 '11 at 23:44
so that split up the file fine, but the VPN still closes when I tried transferring volumes larger than 4GB. That would take me merely 15 days to transfer. Is there a faster way to transfer files over the web than a Windows transfer? I cannot use bittorrents as this database has donor data from 11,000 collection sites. – MacGyver Dec 9 '11 at 0:04

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