I'm not too experienced with VPN's, so I have a couple questions concerning our RAS server.
#1. Once they (our remote users) are authenticated through the Microsoft PPTP VPN on our server, will Outlook be able to talk to our Exchange server (I know I would still have to do Outlook's little first time setup wizard.)? I want our clients to be able to get their e-mail like they are attached to our internal network. Right now our users access their e-mail through Terminal Services, however it has become necessary to get their PC's directly connected to our network so they can download their e-mail as if they were within our LAN.
#2. Once they are attached through a VPN, I'll be able to ping their PC, right (all offices are behind firewealls with NAT)? This is important for remote trouble-shooting. I use TightVNC for one of our offices that is hooked up via a Cisco VPN. My other remote offices don't have Ciscos though, so I'm not sure what my limitations are without a Cisco.
#3. Would I be able to join their PC to our Domain once they are connected?
Thanks for the info. WAN technology (specifically the setup of it) is a new field for me, so I appreciate any help I can get on this stuff.