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Setting up VPN on windows 2003 server...incoming connections?

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hi,

My firebox assigns dhcp address. I have forwarded 1723 to my server on the firewall. I am unable to connect from home pc to my server. I do see logs on the firewall that gateway or something with warning. The gateway is my home pc's public ip.

My server 2003 is not a VPN server and when I try to run the RRAS service, it says that you have incoming connections enabled. Please disable to run RRAS. Any advise?

Thanks,
Ben
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by:Seelan Naidoo
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off the top of my head, I think you have to enable it as a VPN server to allow incoming connections, so you can authenicate to your domain..
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by:birenshukla
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For that, I did go into Manage Server Role and ran the Remote Routing Service and in the middle it says. Incoming Connections are enabled. Please disable IC before running RRAS. I checked under Network Connections, and I do not have network connections listed. All I have are two NIC's.

I also tried to setup the server as VPN Server by configuring incoming connection, however at some point when it asks, select device that you want incoming connections...I do not see my nics. All i see is lpt1 port under devices..So somehow the server is not configuring itself as VPN server.

It is a 1 year old Dell PowerEdge server. Any ideas? I also have the ICS firewall disabled.
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by:Jay_Jay70
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why not use the firebox? RRAS is crap compared to a hardware VPN device
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by:birenshukla
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Good question. I am trying to get a home user connected to office network. They dont have fixed IP. In firebox, there is manual VPN and managed VPN. I can tell, I need to use manual VPN but it requires either domain name or IP of the remote to setup. I dont know how to set it up. the end user does not have a firewall. Any suggestions in this area?
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by:Jay_Jay70
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the client needs a VPN client at his end, Safenet, or securermote etc, should be documentation with the firebox.....when you create your manual VPN you can save the  policy file and simply import it at the client end into the VPN client...too much to actually write, but it is documented well with your firebox manuals..the remote IP you want is simply that of your external connection at the office
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by:birenshukla
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I could not find any documentation of firebox that talks about Safenet or secureremote...i did however check their websites out. Can I not use the windows VPN Client..to connect to firebox...using manual vpn.
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by:Jay_Jay70
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should be able to, we use the clients but i assume windows can.....if its pptp then i dont see the issue, not 100% though
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by:birenshukla
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for manual vpn on firefox they want fixed ip on the client side...my client is a home user and does not have fixed ip..
is there a persistent vpn connection that is waiting for incoming connection on the firefox...i guess since the dhcp address is provided by the firewall...then how would it authenticate?
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for persistant VPN and no fixed IP you can look at dynamic DNS which i am 99% sure most fireboxes support

www.dyndns.org
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I will try it and let you know.
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