Suggested Seup For Remote Office Link
Posted on 2004-11-11
I'm a 2000 server net admin that has suddenly found myself in the situation where I need to be a "Jack of all Trades".
We currently have a two (shortly to become three) site network, linked by cisco pix firewalls and site to site ipsec vpn. So far all is well. I didn't set this up - I do administer it.
I need to setup a single pc in a remote office to connect securely into the existing network, be part of the domain, access exchange email and possibly terminal server. This pc will be on adsl broadband 512Kbps "always on" connection. I was planning on using the cisco vpn client, but we also need to provide a general low cost firewall for this pc as I don't beleive that we can just use the vpn client initiating at start-up and terminating at shutdown to protect it. The chap onsite is a bit of a "build my own home server based wireless networks kind of guy" and would like to use a Linksys WAG54G Wireless ADSL Gateway to connect and provide a firewall. How reliable is this, and how easy would it be to setup? What do I need to consider and do I really need a static ip? Any recommendations for other configurations or equipment would be most welcome - although "low - cost" means "really low cost" .
Thanks in advance for all replies.