[thelist] server to server connection

Paul Bennett Paul.Bennett at mch.govt.nz
Thu Feb 26 14:35:16 CST 2009

Hi Ken, Hassan, Anthony.

> What exactly does "file system access" mean?

As in the remote webserver needs to be able to mount the network drive
like a ... network drive.

> You could expose files inside the firewall though a "web service",
> otherwise known as a web server :-)

Ah, if only.
It's a big project replacing MS CMS with something open source and
extensible. There is an existing MS Word based authoring process (I
know, I know) which needs to be replicated and the whole drive access
thing is part of that.
The webserver component 

> So, "access" as in frequent write/occasional read like a log file, or
> occasional write/frequent read? Or mostly symmetrical? What kind
> of transaction rate?

Read only AFAIK, so yes, a webserver would be ideal but alas...

> Like Ken recommended - go from inside the network to outside the
network. > e.g push instead of pull.

Yep, this would have been perfect had the initial solution not already
been built and the project already behind schedule.

Thanks for all the excellent suggestions - looks like I'm going to go
with end to end VPN, with OpenVPN at the webserver end.


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