I need to create a simple "file-server" where anyone with permissions to access the files can add/edit etc. to the places they have permissions. If possible I would prefer that this be done using a standard Windows 8.1 Pro system.
It works perfectly in a normal networked environment with all local connections. The problems occurred only when the same people wanted access if they were not on the local network. Since i already had a VPN configured with all the users access permissions on another system i tried adding a few of these as a test and they worked with no problem.
I used Soft-ether <Thanks 4WD
> which i have found to be the best VPN software I have ever used. But I cannot leave these shared files on the Server 2008 System; Its normal use of hosting a SQL DB has too many restrictions on what I can do as far as virus-scans etc.
Everything i am doing is possible on Windows 8.1 Pro by creating additional users with "Local" accounts on the system hosting the files and it works as it should as long as the access is on the local network. It also works as it should over VPN if I use the Server 2008R2 system as the host. The problems come up trying to access those same files over a VPN on Windows 8.1.
The VPN connection goes through, the remote system is assigned an IP as though it was in the office, No errors are showing anywhere. But there is no access to anything on the remote system using the the same files that work fine when the users is actually ON that network rather than connected via VPN. I cannot even ping the host IP from the remote system even though it shows as being on the same IP range.
This leads me to believe it is something that is being blocked by Windows 8.1 that was not blocked by Server 2008R2. In the past I have made many connections of this type using Windows 7 Pro systems as host with no problems. What I found so far seems to be in some way related to the new Home-group setup in Windows 8 n order to share in this manner but I am not sure if it is possible in a HomeGroup to set individual permissions at the shared folder level?
If anyone has already done this and could point me the way to a solution, I would appreciate it. I hate to buy and load Server 2012 OS just to be able to share folders over a VPN unless that is the only way.