I have a couple employees that aren't experienced with the Linux shell. Is is possible for them, on their Macs, to be able to open a remote connection with our servers(with Finder or otherwise), browse the files, then open a file, say /etc/ssh/sshd_config, with their local editor, modify it, then when they save it saves it on the remote side?
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Yes & no & why? When you say:
Assuming you are confident this needs to be done, the users need to be given
But that is really a bad way to handle access, privileges & permissions. And the scenario you describe is absolutely horrendous from a security standpoint.
But then again, where are they accessing from? Outside of a closed network? Remotely from home? Maybe if this were in an Intranet then this would not be so bad. You could even setup AFP or Samba access. But if you are talking about folks accessing a secured server across a distance, AFP an Samba are horrible choices because they are protocols that thrive in low-latency (ie: fast/no-delay) environments. SFTP is the only choice.