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Hi all,

I have a small LAN setup in my office. I have a folder on one of the computers that I would like to give certain people access to over the Internet. All the forums I have visited suggest that a VPN is the best way to do this but they don't tell me how to set one up. Can someone give me some straight forward instructions?

Many Thanks.
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by:inbarasan
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Dear kiranboi,
The simple thing you can do is to setup Microsoft PPTP VPN setup.
How to setup PPTP VPN
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=7e480471-4480-4175-962c-4d3c27e8c7d2&DisplayLang=en

To know more about PPTP Refer : http://www.howtonetworking.com/Windows/vpnsetup.htm

To setup PPTP Client : http://www.windowsnetworking.com/articles_tutorials/Client_Based_VPN_via_PPTP.html

Hope this helps
Refer below article


Cheers!
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by:kiranboi
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Thanx inbarasan,

But I dont have Window Server 2003. We have all our computers running either XP Home or XP Professional. Does this make a difference?
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by:_iskywalker_
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you could also make a webserver with .htaccess for viewing, there is also scripts for uploading.
for configuring a vpn:
http://www.zdnetasia.com/insight/network/0,39044847,39050037-39000223c-1,00.htm
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Steve Knight earned 2000 total points
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Lots of people around here seem to like hamachi and having tried it out recently because of that I tend to agree:

http://www.hamachi.cc/download/

You load it on both ends and those that you allow into your 'network' can access your machine...

Personally my router is a VPN end point (Netgear DG834G) so I can VPN into my network using the NetGear vpn client application or direct from Windows using a bit of fiddling.  It may be your router allows such access.

Steve
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by:inbarasan
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You may use gotomypc so that users can access the desktop remotly and access the files and folders. You may check this also. To know more gotomypc visit www.gotomypc.com site
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by:kiranboi
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Hamachi is just what I needed. Thanx
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by:Steve Knight
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No problem, it certainly seems to do the stuff.... an you've knocked me over the 150,000 points mark for my firt "guru" in this TA so thanks to you :-)
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