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Setting up VPN

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We currently have a smaller office network, comprising of a Win 2003 Server and a approx. 50 WinXP Pro clients. The server is setup as a domain controller. Users have a network drive and roaming profile - users are encouraged to save all their docs into their network drive so they can access them from any client in the building. Network has internet access etc.

What I want to do (I presume this is how you would do it) is to setup a VPN, so users are able to login to the domain controller remotely from their windows xp laptops and then in turn access their documents stored on the server. In short, how do I go about setting up this software VPN?
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Ok I tested this out on a domain controller and client, and it all connected ok, but how would the user then go about accessing their docs after they have authenticated with the VPN?
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G'day mate

Here is all the info you would need :-)

http://www.microsoft.com/technet/itsolutions/network/vpn/default.mspx

Basically though (high level overview)

Think about name resolution (DNS DDNS etc) - This allows your staff to locate the VPN server when they are offsite
Enforce Strong passwords Before you expose you network to the Wild West (internet)
Specify a policy to control who has VPN permissions ( I perosnally create a RAS group and allow members of that gorup to access the VPN)
Enable VPN access in the RRAS on the Windows
Expose the Server to the internet by opening ports 1723 and enabling GRE on the Firewall
Set the clients up to connect to the VPN Server

That really is high level over view but have a read over the link and come back with more questions.

Hope that helps

Rob
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Damn - I type too slow :-(
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by:Jay_Jay70
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:) Old age.....:P

use should be able to access their documents straight off....can they access mapped drives?
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Ok, so between the server and the client I am able to create a connection, and it authenticates fine, and it says its connected.

What do I do from hear to get the client to find their docs? Each user has a home folder assigned (for example \\server\docs\username)
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More like RSI mate. Got these stupid wrist straps on at the moment. Takes an age to type anything. Oh the hummanity

Sorry leta37 not really helping you here
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bugger :(

ok, hmmm maybe a simplified question? When my domain users login they have a home folder which maps automatically. How do I allow my users to access the files in their home folder from their home or other locations outside the office?

*shrugs* ummm any help is better than none robjeeves :) I thankyou for helping!!!
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RSI is a bugger....hopefully its from typing **grin**

leta, can you ping the server that hosts the home drives when you are connected via VPN?
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Yes I can
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Is the home drive ment to automatically map in my computer once I connect to the VPN connection?
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it wont remap. but you **should** still get access to it, if you can browse to the server and see the files then i dont see a problem...remembe, you will have browse via name, if that isnt working then there is your issue
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AHhhhH!!! so the server (or domain) then should start appearing in My Networking Places on the client???
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by:Jay_Jay70
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hardly, that is netbios which requires wins etc...try UNC to the server
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so browse in explorer to \\server\docs\username ?
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thats the way.....
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by:robjeeves
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Just back from 'typing' **grin**

You seem to have it under control Jay :-)  Leave you to it
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lol! funny man, off topic, you coming to the ms partner roadshow on wed with me n Red?
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One thing worth a go that I have users do to remap their drives is provide them with a batch file on their desktop that they run once connected to the VPN to remap the drives.

Basically when they log on in the office, the loin script takes care of this, but when they are working remotly, the batch file does the same job.
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Hi Jay

Can't make it on Weds.  Being a family man now :-) Got some family action to attend to. Enjoy though
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