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How to create automatic daily connection to SBS

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I have a machine at a remote location. I manually connect it to our SBS by using the connection that the connection manager installed on the desktop. Then, I manually run backup software.
I am trying to automate this, using the "Scheduled Tasks". Running the backup is no problem. Nor is the drive assignment, for which I would just writ e BAT file with NET USE.....
The problem is connecting the actual machine to the SBS VPN. If I create a scheduled task to the network connection or a shortcut to it, it says it runs it succesfully but nothing happens. I have also tried to make the VPN SBS the default connection and force it to dial in IE, but this simply ignored the connection.
Any suggestions how to accomplish a scheduled connection to our SBS VPN? We are using a DNS domain name to connect with a static IP.
Thanks in advance.
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by:Jeffrey Kane - TechSoEasy
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You need to add a rasdial.exe command to your batch file that runs the program.  This will initiate your VPN connection for you.

See:  http://www.microsoft.com/resources/documentation/windows/xp/all/proddocs/en-us/rasdial.mspx?mfr=true for info on RASDIAL.

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by:Mindspace
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Looks like the right program, but there is no .pbk file in that directory. I did some looking around, and typing in the name of the network connection "Connect to Small Business Server" gives me the "Not Implemented" result. Typing any other name gives me a 623 error.
I am already connected to the internet when I establish this connection. Any pointers?
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Create a new VPN connection manually in XP and use that connection instead.

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by:Mindspace
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Since this is not a regular TCP/IP connection but a netowrk connection created byt the SBS connection manager, I can't see any properties, and have no idea how to re-create it manually. Any tips?
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by:Jeffrey Kane - TechSoEasy
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Okay... now you get an answer similar to what your mother said when doing your homework and shouted, "how do you spell emancipation"?
(Look it up!  Because this way you'll find out how much content there is right there on your server).  :-)

In your Server Management Console, open the Information Center > Documentation.  Then search for "Configure VPN".  In the topic list, select "Connect remotely to the server" and then expand "Using a virtual private network" to see the steps for configurng a VPN connection on either a Windows XP or Windows 2000 machine.

Of course, if you run into any problem.. please let me know.

Jeff
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