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2 offices share drive

2 offices share drive

2 offices share drive

(OP)
We have 2 offices and we would like to have a web drive where we can put all of our AutoCad typical details to share on both offices.  We started with the same folders and we copy the folder to the other office.  Now both offices are so different because both offices edit and add stuff constantly.  Could you guys help me with what my options are?  I want both offices to use the same folder so when we change something, it will effect everyone (i.e. plot style, typical details etc.  So even though we have 2 offices, it will feel like we are in the same office.  Can someone point me to the right direction?  

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RE: 2 offices share drive

(OP)
also I want the drive to act like a regular drive (like saving something to your local drive).  When I worked for a big firm, they had a share drive like what I am talking about.  

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RE: 2 offices share drive

The way the big companies do this is with an "intranet".  That requires some serious web-hosting horsepower and some big-time IT support.

You can just build a secure area on your web page and do drawing management out of that (check-out/check-in protocols and someone to manage it).  Other than that, the price seems to go whay up really quickly.

David

RE: 2 offices share drive

Not exactly what you are asking for but would a ftp site not work?

RE: 2 offices share drive

(OP)
we have a ftp site but you cant map it (so you have a drive symbol like z:) because it is in "my network".  So we cant save something or edit something directly to that folder.

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RE: 2 offices share drive

Consider adding in some form of versioning system, as well... that will cut down on two "supposed to be similar" files from branching off with multiple edits.

Dan - Owner
http://www.Hi-TecDesigns.com

RE: 2 offices share drive

What's wrong with setting a folder up on one computer as  shared folder over the network?

You can then map it to a drive letter if that is your thing.

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Greg Locock

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RE: 2 offices share drive

Try looking at virtual private networks (VPN).  

RE: 2 offices share drive

When the OP said "2 offices" I'm assuming he means in different locations, something not conducive to a LAN.

Dan - Owner
http://www.Hi-TecDesigns.com

RE: 2 offices share drive

(OP)
I found this software
http://www.southrivertech.com/index.html

The webdrive seems to do exactly what we want.  I downloaded the trial version.

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RE: 2 offices share drive

A second vote for VPN.  We don't have separate offices, but we frequently work from home.  A VPN allows you to log into the server at the office using an internet connection.  It then behaves just like you were plugged into the LAN, but slower.

-b

RE: 2 offices share drive

(OP)
vpn is different though.  I want people to work on local puter but able to use 1 shared folder.  I dont want remote connection.

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RE: 2 offices share drive

You don't want a remote connection to your LAN?  Are your two offices in different locations?  Then a VPN sounds like it would fit your needs. If your two offices are in the same location, then I don't understand the issue.

By the way, I have seen services that offer web storage (http://www.xdrive.com).  I never tried them, but maybe that would fit your needs.

RE: 2 offices share drive

(OP)
Two offices in different location of course!  Travismack, I dont think that will act like a local drive (since it needs a web browser).

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