I'm looking for information on how information is shared/passed across a network between a Windows 7 client OS and a Windows Server 2008 server?
Little history of our setup (I apologize as for Im not a network guy, so this may be overly vague):
We have servers in a data center in one state. Our Corp HQ office is in a different state and there a VPN tunnel setup between us and the data center for access. We have several satellite offices in other states that have a VPN tunnel from their location to us at HQ (so everyone's traffic has to go through corporate to get to the data center.
We have a server in the data center that has a folder shared that will get flat-file exports on it several times a day. This folder is shared to AD security groups. Users map a network drive to the folder for access.
We are seeing situations where a flat-file is created on the server, but it is not visible to the users at the remote offices for several hours. It is visible to us in Corp HQ immediately.
Is this normal? I thought this file would be instantly visible at all locations as long as the drive is mapped. Is there anything I can do to help this? A setting some where?
My last sort of general question is how does this process work from a 60,000ft level?