Loggin on to Active Directory over the internet

What is recommended for a company that has a few satellite offices with only one computer in each office and we want to move those computers over to the domain? We would like to go without a VPN Solution, but is that our only choice? Is there any other option other than opening up the ports on the firewall and letting them in that way? Is that too risky? If not how do we do that?
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Jay_Jay70Connect With a Mentor Commented:
go the VPN option over opening up your firewall! this is farily common, you can set up a cheap VPN fairly simply
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LeviDailyAuthor Commented:
are those the only options?
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LeviDailyAuthor Commented:
Also, what is the best way to go. With RRAS based VPN?
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Jay_Jay70Commented:
pretty much mate, i mean you cant have a member of the domain without connectvity unless the client lives offline and then eventually that will fall over.

RRAS is the cheapest option as a dial in VPN but a hardware VPN is much nicer and requires no user interaction
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LeviDailyAuthor Commented:
what is wrong with the firewall way, and how many ports does it use?
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Jay_Jay70Commented:
I wouldnt be going that way - its why you have a firewall.....
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/832017

not sure all the ports it needs
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Jeffrey Kane - TechSoEasyConnect With a Mentor Principal ConsultantCommented:
Levi,

Is this on your Small Business Server?  Or is this a Standard Server 2003 environment?

Because if SBS then there are lots of remote options available to you including Remote Web Workplace http://sbsurl.com/rww or adding a Virtual Terminal Server http://sbsurl.com/vs.

See other options at http://sbsurl.com/remote.  Again, if SBS then VPN is a built-in, pre-configured feature.

But I wonder... what is your opposition to a VPN solution for a remote satellite machine?  All it is is opening a port... essentially.  But more importantly, it's ENCRYPTION that's the difference.  You don't want your company's data flowing wide open for anyone to read.  Realize that if you run a TraceRoute from the remote office to your headquarters, you'll see that the traffic goes through about 10 to 15 different servers before it gets to you.  Do you trust those servers that it's going through?  Do you even know who owns them?  Do you trust that some little hacker-dweebe isn't packet sniffing right from the house next to your remote user?  

(trust me, I know it happens!)

How much private information is on your server?  Customer data?  Employee data?  Your own shopping data?  Whatever it is... you don't want just anyone to have access to it... and in some cases it could be illegal for you to even think about not keeping it all secure.

Jeff
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Jeffrey Kane - TechSoEasyPrincipal ConsultantCommented:
Okay... let me just say that I decided to take a quick look at something right after I sent that to kinda show you how insecure your network can be.  Within 60 seconds, I was able to determine your password for paciflicenters@qwest.net.  which begins with 2s******

If that's not enough to scare you into doing the right thing, then I wonder what is.

Honestly... I didn't do anything illegal to determine this, by the way.

If you'd like to know more about what I did, you can email me offline at TechSoEasy@experts-exchange.com.

Jeff
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LeviDailyAuthor Commented:
Thanks guys. I have implemented a RRAS solution right now. I soon will bring in an additional Hardware VPN soon.
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