Point to Point VPN with Software only

Posted on 2006-06-06
Last Modified: 2007-11-27
I need a solution for creating a point-to-point (as opposed to individual clients) VPN between two sites.  I have Windows 2003 setup as the VPN server at one site, and the other site has NO SERVER and no budget for a server, especially a windows server (I expect to be able to get a CHEAP Linux server there if this can be done).

I'm looking for links discussing a solution like this.  I suppose using ICS on a windows PC at the remote site might work, but I'm looking for other solutions as well.

Ultimately, I need this to allow the remote clients to connect to an exchange server.  If there are other suggestions for connecting to exchange (excluding OWA - it's an option, but not ideal and no points will be awarded for suggesting/recommending it), I'm open to that, especially if they free excluding labor.
Question by:Lee W, MVP
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    Version information would be of use.

    If you need JUST access to Exchange, and if this is Exchange 2003 on Windows 2003 and all clients will be Outlook 2003 on Windows XP, then RPC over HTTPS will be the best choice. No VPN required and the SSL certificate will secure OWA as well - giving you a fall back for email access.

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    by:Lee W, MVP
    Exchange 2003, Outlook clients would be using 2000, XP, and 2003 (unfortunately not standardized).  Got any links for that?  (I could dig them up myself I'm sure... but I am offering points... )
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    by:Rob Williams
    Haven't seen many links relating to that. I have a book here you can borrow :-)
    The following may be some help but must confess I haven't read it:
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    The feature only works on Outlook 2003, so you would have to standardise on the version.
    It doesn't take very long to find information on RPC over HTTPS - I have five active questions on this site alone, plus five pages on my own web site about configuring it:
    There is also a section in the client access guide white paper from Microsoft.


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