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Sbs2003 And Off-site Networking Question


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#1 JohnDubya

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Posted 05 July 2007 - 08:41 AM

We currently are running Microsoft Small Business Server 2003 in our office, and all of our computers connect to that machine and login through it. As of right now, all of our users are in-house, but two of them are about to move out of office, and we are needing to find out what to do to allow them to continue to be able to login to the server from out of the office.

Basically, we are wanting two people (through two separate laptops) to access the server remotely - that is, to be able to share and save files on our server via internet connection. Someone had suggested that we set up a VPN within Microsoft Small Business and write a script that would give appropriate instructions to the laptops.

We currently have 11 users who can access their current desktops here in the office by signing in remotely and thus are able to "take over" their computers. Is that what we'll have to do? Have two computers here in office that those off-site users can login to and "take over"? Or is there some other way to do it? Thanks for any help you can provide!

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Posted 05 July 2007 - 10:46 AM

I wouldn't suggest just having 2 computers there for them to use remotely, pretty big waste of money to do that.

VPN is the ideal way to do it. And preferably to the router, not directly to the server. Find out if your router will support it, if it does not look at alternatives. PfSense is a good open-source (translation : free) firewall/router solution that provides VPN connections via PPTP, or if you are looking for a commercially available solution, SmoothWall Corporate Version is an excellent option. I have used both of those, in our office and with clients, and they work great.




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