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IPSEC: Windows 2003 server to XP client

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Due to legal requirements, I need to have some implentation of IPSec from a Windows 2003 server to XP clients.
No firewalls to worry about, just client traffic on the LAN.

Does someone have an example of settings on BOTH the server and the XP clients to enable (and require) IPSec to access applications?
I've seen Microsoft's whitepapers and other abstracts, but nothing with enough detail.

Alternatively, if you would like to recommend a 3rd-party solution that's easy to configure, that would be fine too.
I just need something, soon...
Thanks!
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Setting Up the Windows Server 2003 PPTP and L2TP/IPSec client: http://www.isaserver.org/img/upl/vpnkitbeta2/win2003client.htm

Also, if you want something easier for the long term, I suggest looking at SSL VPNs from Cisco, Juniper, or F5.
The term "SSL VPN" is actually a misnomer because you can get to almost ANY application besides SSL or Web-enabled application through this device. SSL is how you connect, but F5 Firepass, for example, allow you to simply tunnel SSH, Netbios, FTP, RDP, or any other application through an SSL encrypted connection.

You place your Windows 2003 server behind the SSL VPN and your clients simply use ANY Web browser to connect to the SSL VPN using https (443/TCP).

IPSec VPN clients are clunky and tend to be a harder implementation with clients, groups, users, and IPSec VPN configuration versus deploying an SSL VPN and only dealing with a Browser and not caring what operating system that the client is coming from.
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Here are some more good guides on how to configure IPSec on Windows 2003 and on XP Clients: http://www.howtonetworking.com/articles/msipsec.htm
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Thanks Phil. These led me to the info I needed. much appreciated.
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