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How do I set up home users to use a VPN connection into a Windows 2000 server?

Posted on 2004-09-10
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We have a Win2K sever and we need several homes users to connect to it via theri home DSL connections.  Is there an easty setup guide or any tips you all can point me twoard?  They need to access the files on the server, but will not be using any shared programs.  Thanks!
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by:Yan_west
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Hmm, you could do it via software, or via hardware.. DO you have a VPN enabled Firewall/Router? If you have a Cisco PIX, you could distribute the Cisco VPN client software to your employees, and configure your pix to accept connection from them. After they would make the connection, they could start a Remote Desktop connection to their PC, or they could Map a drive on their computer..
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If you are using a PIX, use this guide:
http://www.cisco.com/en/US/products/sw/secursw/ps2120/products_configuration_guide_chapter09186a00800eb0b5.html

if you are using another solution, i would recommend search the solution provider website for the same type of guide.
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by:Lynniebobinnie
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I am using a Linksys BEFVP41, which has some kind of association with Cisco because there's a Cisco Label on the front of the box.  We have other VPNs set up, but they connect to other VPN appliances.  I guess I would need to use software on the client to connect to the VPN box.  Windows client??  Also, is it safe/feasible to set up a Win2K server as a VPN server?
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by:Yan_west
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It is feasable. but I do not like software server-side VPN solution personnaly.. Yes, your client will have to use a VPN client software to connect to your office, unless they have a VPN enabled firewall on their side.. But I doulbt they'll have the competance to set up a tunnel, and you possibly do not want this to happen. Having a permanent tunnel between a employee home and the office is not very secure.
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by:Lynniebobinnie
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Yes, that was my initial thought as well.  I could set it up for them, but then they would have to be able to troubleshoot any ensuing problems...and they are a human services agency, so not very computer saavy.  SO do you think that a PPTP or L2TP tunnel would be unsecure over the long haul?  It could get expensive to use hardware at all client sites, but we have HIPPA guidelines and rules we have to adhere to.  Can you point me toward any security briefs/articles on the safety of these types of connections?
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by:Yan_west
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Here is a small diagram..

Your network (firewall)  ----------------Employee home (software)
         |                         ----------------Employee home  (Software)
         |
Remote network(Firewall)

So between office, Tunnels between 2 Hardware VPN tunnel, and from people'S home, software connection from employee PC to your office VPN hardware..
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by:Yan_west
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BTW, it'S better if your VPN connection is encrypted via AES or 3DES.. your VPN device must support these.. I would not choose something that only support normal DES. I would not go with pptp or l2tp eighter..
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Usually, each company that makes the VPN device has it'S own client: Ex:

Cisco
http://www.cisco.com/en/US/products/sw/secursw/ps2308/

Sonicwall
http://www.sonicwall.com/products/vpnglobal.html

etc...

Linksys is not a very good solution for a corporate environement btw..
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by:Lynniebobinnie
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I'll check out their site, and thanks
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