I have a folder on a Windows 2008 Server (located at my college) that I would like to share between computers. I was able to access the shared folder from the college by mapping it and using the administrator username and password. At home however, I am not able to access the same shared folder. Why is this and how can I access it both from the college and at home?
closed as not a real question by Luke, Diogo, Mokubai, techie007, Randolph West Sep 16 '12 at 17:31
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A really simple solution without having to deal with a VPN and all that, would be to download and install TeamViewer on both of your computers. It comes with a file transferer built in so it's super easy to use.
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There most likely reason why you can not map it from home is that there is a firewall in the way. Either at your home, at the college, or at your ISP. The latter two are likely. The first depends on your own setup.
An other possible reason is that the college does not use a normal IP range but has one of the three unroutable ranges (10.x.x.x/8, 192.168.x.x/16 and 172.16.x.x/12). In that case you can not access it except from the local network. Either physically (on campus) or virtually (via a VPN).