Setting up a VPN
Posted on 2003-03-27
First off, to warn everyone, I don't have a clear understanding of anything I'm doing. I work for a small business with a network of 6 computers running Windows 98 and a server running Windows 2000 Server (not Small Business, if that makes a difference). We started with a peer to peer network and then recently moved to the server. I've set up both, but mainly by fumbling around menus until everything worked. So, there is no "Administrator" to go to for help. All I'm trying to do is set up a VPN between my office network and my home computer (running Windows XP). We have a dsl connection at the office for internet access. The modem is a SpeedStream / Efficient Networks modem (supplied by our provider Ameritech) and it has one cable running into a NetGear ethernet switch, where the server and clients are plugged. We don't have a static IP, which I know you're supposed to have, but can I at least set this up while knowing the current IP address and then trying to connect from home without disconnecting at the office, or do I have a complete misunderstanding of how these Dynamic IP addresses work? When I try the menu driven set-up wizard in Windows 2000, it says that, since my server is part of a domain, I have to Enable Routing and Remote Access. When I go through that wizard to set it up, it does not work. But, there are a lot of options that you're supposed to select that I don't have a clear understanding as to what to do. I'll even admit that I'm not sure if I'm using the correct IP address when I try to connect from home because maybe I'm not using the correct methods to find it on my server.
By the way, all previous computer knowledge was obtained on a Commodore 64... just so you're clear on who you're dealing with. I appreciate any help anyone can give me