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Best Way to Connect a Main Branch and Remote Office

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HEy Guys,

I am consulting for a medical office that has a main branch with a domain on a SBS 2K box, T1 connection, and only using ISA server for a firewall. They have a remote office 30 miles away, with 4 additional machines, that need constant connection to the main offcce for medical software.

The previous "consultant" set them up to use the standard Windows VPN connection into the SBS box. This is supposedly always on! At the remote office, they have static IP's , external" thru the DSL provider, with no firewall whatso-ever. This has been working, but obviously not well!!

So here are my questions:

What would you suggest to get them connected RELIABLY and also Securely, remeber, this is patient info being passed back and forth and they have a resposibility to protect it! Would you suggest hardware solutions, PIX, or maybe a PTP T1?

Also, they have a printers at the remote offcce that they want to be shared , so this needs to be considered. Right now, I cant for the life of me get the printer to share when the VPN is active, which is all the time!! I also cant get the remote boxes to join the domain thru VPN!

TIA guys and gals

Chris
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by:SlyDog
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Put an ISA firewall in the remote office, and do a site to site vpn to the main office. This will secure the workstations from the internet, and allow you to join them to the domain. Sharing the printer will also be easy, since the workstations aren't doing a VPN connection any more. If you make the remote ISA server a DC, then the workstations can authenticate to that versus needing the link to the main site up all the time.
I'm running a slightly large setup here, but it's essentially the same as what you're describing. It's been running flawlessly for 3 years now. I'll be upgrading to ISA 2004 in the next month, so if you need any help, let me know.
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by:gqchris
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HEy Slydog thanks for the quick reply,

Would this mean a whole new server running Windows 2k with ISA on it? Is there a cheaper alternative out there maybe? I Know they dont want to shell out that kind of money right now. Is the site to site VPN hard to set up?
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ISA site to site vpn is easy to setup, just launch the wizard and follow your nose. You can run ISA on a lower end computer if need be, pehaps they can upgrade a workstation, and move the old one into the ISA position. Just as long as you have lots of memory and mirror the drives, you should be okay. The only other cost is licensing. You could also use a hardware firewall that supports site to site VPN. It would probably be easier to change both ends to identical units, versus getting ISA to talk with another vendor. It's possible, but I've heard not all vendors support MS's VPN.
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by:gqchris
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Thanks Slydog I am going to go with a couple Netgear FVS318's on each end. It seems liek the easiest and cheapest route. Thanks for the ideas..

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