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Hello,

I have a workgroup with 3 users running xp pro on the workstations. I also have a stand alone server running ntsmallbusiness 4.0 that I am serioulsy considering reconfiguring with xp pro as I really dont need a domian server as it is only used as a common file storage area anyways.

I have an employee who will be at home for a few months following her pregnancy and I would like to know what I need to setup a VPN between her home and my business.

We both have broadband sevice. I believe she has xp home at home.

I know nothing about vpn but sounds like it is what I need. I dont know, maybe I need some software as well like pcanywhere etc?

I need to know the overall picture, what hardware and or software I need to buy and how to configure it. I do have basic networking knowledge so I am hoping someone can walk me through this. It is my desire that she can run the programs on her pc at work from home without installing the programs on her home pc. I would like for her to sit at home and control her work pc as if she was really at work.

Thanks,
Chuck
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by:webnso
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Note that currently I have a dsl router only. I am unclear as to if a VPN is what I need or if I just need something like pcanywhere. In any case, I would like to know how to setup a VPN in case I do need one. Please advise...

Chuck
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>I would like for her to sit at home and control her work pc as if she was really at work.
The simplest way is to use Remote Desktop. Simply enable it on her work PC, then forward TCp port 3389 through your broadband router to the private IP address of her PC. Then at home, she opens up Remote Desktop, puts in the IP address of the public interface on your router, and bingo, she's on her work destop. Absolutely nothing to change, install, or configure on her home PC.

For security purposes, you can change the default port from 3389 to something else, but there is no harm in leaving it as is. What kind of broadband router do you have at your end?
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Hi Irmoore,

I enabled remote desktop on the client at work, but I do not follow the rest of what you said . I need to somehow add a remote user to the client and the rest of what you said, maybe you could give me more details please. We have a linksys broadband router on our workgroup. Also, does the user need xp pro at home or will xp home work?

Thanks,
Chuck
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Depending on your router at work, there should be a configuration page (web) for port forwarding.
I have a Linksys and it looks sort of like this:

Application   Start  End   TCP/UDP   IP add                Enabled
RDP             3389  3389     TCP     192.168.1[102]      check

From the employee's home, she would go to her computer, Start, All Programs, Accessories, Communications, Remote Desktop Connection.
Enter the IP address of your router's outside (WAN) interface
The username/password is the same one she uses at her desk in the office.

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Are you still working this? Do you need more information?

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Hi,

Yes, I am still working this issue. I hope to get back on this sometime in the next 2 weeks.

Thanks,
Chuck
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I am still working this issue....
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