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Could someone please help me setup the VPN on a Symantec 100 VPN firewall.  
I want to be able to connect to my Windows 2003 sever so that I can work from home.
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I am assuming that you have RRAS (VPN) setup already on the Windows 2003 server at work and that you have given dial in permission to your user account.  Once done, VPN in to the server from your work network to ensure that the VPN is working.

Once that is completed, we configure your 100 VPN appliance.  I don't know if the 100 is at you home or work.  If it's at your home, you need to do nothing as be default all outbound connections are allowed.  Just VPN in.

If your 100 Appliance is at work, here is what to do.  Go into the admin interface.  By defualt it's 192.168.0.1 and click on Virtual Servers on the left side.  Enable PPTP and put in the IP address of your RRAS server and save it.  If you also want to Remote Desktop into your server or workstation, there is an additional step.  Click on the Custom Virtual Servers tab and you will create a new entry.  It is RDP.  Enable it and put in the IP address of the Windows 2003 Server or your XP workstation.  It is TCP and the port number for all the boxes is 3389.  Then click add.  You will already see an entry for PPTP that you entered on the previous screen.

Now, any VPN hitting that firewall will be directed to the IP address you put in for the server.  Any Remote Desktop hitting the firewall will be directed to the IP address you entered for the server or workstation.

For remote desktop to work, on the XP or 2003 machine, make sure to right click on My computer, select properties then remote and check the bottom Allow Remote Desktop box.

At your workstation at home, setup your VPN connection and point it to the IP Address of your firewall or Modem.

Now, one last thing to be aware of.......  Assuming your Firewall is at your work location, you probably have Cable or DSL.  It is easier if you have a static IP address so you'll never have to change your client settings.  If your Firewall has the ISP provided IP address, then life is good.  If the cable modem or DSL modem has the IP address, then just make sure that it forwards these ports, 3389 and 1723 to the Firewall.

This should get you going.  I have many of these spread throughout the city and use this functionality all the time.

Steve
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