Best Way to Connect a Main Branch and Remote Office
Posted on 2005-03-24
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