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Multi-Office Network Setup NEED HELP!

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Hi all,

I posted something like this similar along time back but the logic has changed a bit and I've got WAY MORE flexibility. I'd appreciate any help with this as the problems I am seeing are completely new to me.

We have two windows based networks, presently both running Microsoft Small Business Server. (It's junk and I can't stand it but it's what we have right now).

We are a creative firm and we share an awful lot of BIG files between the two offices. We're putting in a T1 shortly on the West Coast with a T1 on the East Coast to follow within a few months.

Our current setup requires that the East Coast office VPN in to the West Coast's Exchange box (the SBS box) so that they can get their e-mail. This, seems really stupid considering that we should be able to split the e-mail at the server level with e-mail for users on the west coast going to a west coast box and the same for the east coast users.

Our setup is basically mirrored for the two coasts, but we have more hardware and a soon to be faster connection here on the West Coast.

What I'm specifically looking for is:

* The ability to quickly/easily find and work on large binary files by either office.
* A device that determines who the e-mail 'send to' is and routes it to the appropriate office. (Or maybe they just all login to one e-mail server?)

I think because we've been held back for so long with a slow (DSL, gulp) connection that having this T1 will really change our thinking. I want to roll out to reflect the new thinking.

Any help on this would be greatly appreciated.

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