Microsoft VPN

Posted on 2003-03-23
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I have three computers in three different locations each with SDSL each with one external, static IP address, and each behind a router.  One is a fileserver (Windows 2000 Professional), and I'm trying to network the 2 outside computers (both Windows ME) over a PPTP VPN. Before beginning this project, I contacted Microsoft, whose representatives informed me that Windows 2000 Professional could accept up to 10 simultaneous incoming VPN connections.  With this information, I created an incoming connection for PPTP VPN on the Windows 2000 Pro machine and forwarded port 1723 to the internal IP address.  On each of the other two machines, I created a VPN client connection connecting to the fileserver's external IP (using the Microsoft VPN Adapter) and again configured the port forwarding.  Everything worked great except I could only connect one location at a time.  On another recommendation, I have since gotten an additional external IP address and an additional network card for the Windows 2000 pro machine.  Each external IP address now goes to each network card.  Still no luck...  : /  What am I doing wrong?
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G'day _forrest_
Your problem is not with the server limitation, it is with your router. PPTP depends not only on TCP port 1723, it also depends on GRE which has no concept of ports, so it can only handle one connection at a time. At the site with the server, you need a router that can handle multple GRE connections.

Microsoft's story:
PPTP traffic consists of a TCP connection for tunnel maintenance and GRE encapsulation for tunneled data. The TCP connection is NAT-translatable because the source TCP port numbers can be transparently translated. However, the GRE-encapsulated data is not NAT-translatable

From Cisco documentation:
Because the connection is initiated as TCP on one port and the response is GRE protocol, it is necessary to configure ACLs to allow the return traffic into the PIX, as the PIX Adaptive Security Algorithm (ASA) does not know the traffic flows are related. PPTP through the PIX with NAT (one-to-one address mapping) works because the PIX uses the port information in the TCP or User Datagram Protocol (UDP) header to keep track of translation. PPTP through the PIX with Port Address Translation (PAT) does not work because there is no concept of ports in GRE.



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NAT is currently turned off on the router.  Each external IP address is now going directly to each network card on the PC.  Does this still matter?  If I get a router that can accept multiple GRE connections, will I still need 2 external IP addresses and 2 network cards, or can I just use one and accept up to 10 connections like Mircosoft says?

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