> The other offices are in diffrent parts of the country and possibly
> Does this change things?
Here *might* be a solution that has worked for us....
If you could dedicate a local computer for each
of your distant users, GoToMyPC has worked
well for us.
A valuable woman at our company had a "life change."
Actually, it was her husband, who quit academic life
and became a "horse whisperer" teacher. They go to
Colorado in the summer, and Florida in the winter.
She has her own regular, local computer at our company
which she uses when she is in the office. Reference:: Sikh Philosophy Network http://www.sikhphilosophy.net/showthread.php?t=11186
All our Access dbs are split, with backends on a server
and each user getting a frontend on their computer.
Where ever she goes (she was up in Maine recently to
help her son and his wife who are expecting), she finds
*any* Internet connection, goes to GoToMyPC's website
and *securely* logs in to her computer here.
She ends up using her office computer like she was
sitting here in front of it.
The connection is initiated through common https so
nobody has to have any special ports open.
No router/firewall impediments so far.
And we don't have to worry about one moreReference:: Sikh Philosophy Network http://www.sikhphilosophy.net/showthread.php?t=11186
Citrix/Windows 2003 server needing patches to
correct one more vulnerablility (and will this patch
break our server). It's all handled by Citrix people
Sure, we pay for the service (whereas an alternative
such a Himachi might be free), but we gladly pay the
small yearly fee to know she will always be able to
connect securely anytime, from anywhere.
She has mostly had broadband available to her, and
the Access db's perform just like if she were there in
Plus, she's an off-hours MAC freak and she gets to use
her new core-duo MacBook to run her office Windows
While not applicable to your case, she also does not
have to worry about synching Outlook!
As far as dial-up performance, I also have an account
and will connect in from my home dial-up (~44 Kbps)
sometimes to do db maintenance early in the morning,
or if they need something run /changed while I am at
home coding. There is a very-slight sluggishness when the
screen updates in Access, but not disagreeably so.
It has been a God-send for us.