Setting up connection between 2 offices using Win Server 2003
Posted on 2006-07-10
Hi experts. I have been commanded by the higher-ups to configure a server with Windows Server 2003 Standard and send it to our branch office in Phoenix. This server will need to persistently connect to our Denver office's server to give our Phoenix employees full access to our Denver network, and full access for our Denver employees to the Phoenix employee PCs. Currently, the Denver server is also Windows Server 2003 and is currently our file server, backup server and VPN server.
I began researching site-to-site VPN connections, but then my boss told me to do it using static routes, saying it would be much easier. I'm not sure I know the difference between the two scenarious, and I must say I am very confused by how to go about it using different subnets, etc. My experience with this is limited, but I am a quick learner.
Could someone outline the basic steps by which I would go about doing this? I have only one NIC in each server and am not sure whether I'd need two NICs in either of them. Anything you could tell me to lead me in the right direction would be great!