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I have Windows 7 at home, and want to access some of the files in the My Documents folder when I'm away from home. How can I set this up with Dynamic DNS?
Answer by VikingTiger · Jan 18, 2010 at 02:13 PM
I would recommend a freeware software called freeFTPd, which basically is an SSH implementation with only file transfer (SFTP) support (i.e. no shell logins). It is simple to set up, it is freeware and it supports Windows 7.
I do not recommend using the traditional FTP protocol. Not only is it highly insecure, it is also quite hard to make it work optimally behind a NAT router (which is the most typical case for home users today). Using a secure SFTP server (such as freeFTPd) is a much preferred solution, for many reasons.
The procedure can be outlined as such:
This is what I consider to be the simplest solution for the scenario you described. Setting up a VPN is indeed also an option, as Cry Havok described. What solution you should ultimately choose comes down to your needs, how much time you're willing to spend, and your existing level of knowledge.
Answer by elieske · May 10, 2010 at 11:53 AM
I do it with openvpn on a linux box, you could do the same with a linux VM on your windows box. Just remember once you have open vpn running, add the subnet of your windows box to open vpns access control list.
Useing open vpn you can make ciffs fairly secure.
Answer by Cry Havok · Jan 18, 2010 at 01:14 PM
I would start by recommending that you don't try to use Windows shares - most ISPs will block this and it's insecure.
You have 2 main options:
The second may be the simplest, and options include OpenVPN or PPTP - it's worth checking to see if your router supports acting as a PPTP VPN server.
For the first, you could install SSH and configure the SSHD server (see this article). To remotely access the files the simplest Windows interface is probably Xftp from NetSarang. It provides a very Windows friendly interface for copying files.
Answer by dmijon · Feb 14, 2010 at 09:19 AM
Hello ! You can use Bitvise products: SSH Tunneler and WinSSHD (free for personnal use). Those products work with Windows XP, Vista, 7, Windows 2003 and Windows 2008 (WinSSHD runs as service, Tunneler is the client). With those 2 tools, you can access remotely to your hard drives and RDP thru SSH port.