Accessing Windows 2003 Server Remotely

Posted on 2006-04-11
Last Modified: 2010-04-18
Hi there,

Can someone point me to some instructions or provide an overview on how I can access my Windows 2003 server/Exchange 2003 server remotely?  We would like to be able to access files and folders and the Exchange webmail application from an Internet connection anywhere outside the organisation.

We are a small business connected to the Internet via a high speed dedicated line.  Our ISP has an IP address ready for us reserved for our business.  At present, our Windows 2003 server has the IP address which all PCs connect to files, etc.  We have a router in the office configured for the Internet connection and that allow all PCs and the server to connect to the Internet.

The server has one network card present with this IP address, but I can easily install a second if need be.

Can someone please let me know:

- What do I need to do on our router to "open" the connection to the Internet?
- Do I just setup the VPN connection using the Windows 2003 software and RRAS?
- What ports do I need to open?
- Does the router get configured with the IP address provided by the ISP and then forwards this through to the server (
- Will people just have to use the ISP provided IP address from the Internet plus say a share name in order to connect with a valid username and password?
- Is this a secure enough solution or do I need to do more to lock it down?

Question by:peterkennedy
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    Hi peterkennedy,

    if you want to go with RRAS here are a couple of build docos

    for the server end

    client end (xp)

    If the VPN server is behind a router, Port Mapping will need to be done on the router.
    Standard port usage is 1723 for PPTP. You might also need to configure your router for PPTP Passthrough. Port usage for IPSec is 500, 50-51. These ports will have to be forwarded to the VPN server's local IP address

    depending on your router, you have to make sure you can support this at your server end

    bit more on security


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