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Having trouble with VPN software past first NIC

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I can connect my VPN client software and ping the first NIC but can't authenticate windows or get past the first NIC.  Where do I need to grant access to allow routing into the local network?
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What VPN software are you using?  Why aren't you using the built-in SBS VPN?

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The latency of the SBS connection is in question.  Using Checkpoint Secure Remote I hope to gain better network performance and from what i've heard with the technician is improved.  The problem possibly could be a weak processor on the server itself although I hope to upgrade eventually.  
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I seem to get many I\O errors and perhaps have too many different things running on one server becasue the connection used to work fine but lately there are more errors with the software timing out and or getting i/o errors and cannot complete the task and have to reboot their computer to reestablish the applications software detection of the specific files.
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What applications are you running on your server?

Because that "latency" thing sounds like a bunch of baloney to me.

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Well the server runs as a file server, rras, exchange, dhcp, two nics, several industry specific tax and accounting applications that install to server, that type of thing.  I am trying to test out the connection on my heaviest user to see if he still encounters the dreaded I/O error.  We also get this lock table full thing in Peachtree that has to do with temorary files with 0 kb that are created and sometimes deleting them can temporarily fix things.  
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also has anti virus, SQL which I'm trying to use to create reports, after market backup software, and UltraSound (which I've never had a problem with since I had a boot drive failure earlier in the year and numerous problems with the clone but I think that is all fixed up.)
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An SBS that is a File Server, and runs RRAS, Exchange, DHCP, SQL and Anti-Virus is very normal.

The industry specific software could be a problem, but since you haven't provided those details, it's hard to say.

What're the hardware specs?  ie, RAM, HDs, Processor(s)?

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It has about 1.4 gig ram, and a pentium III 933 Mhz with three scsi hard drives, one new 36 gig ultra 320 on a ultra 160 scsi card and two more new 8 gig hds replaced right before the warranty expired on an old ibm eserver.  the internal tape drive runs off a add card but isn't scsi
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just the regular stuff tax software trys to deploy from the network and QuickBooks has a new server based tool and created its own user although I still haven't installed any quickbooks 2007 clients but plan to soon
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Well, no wonder you're running slow!  I wouldn't run an SBS with anything less than a 2.8Ghz P4.  And if you're going to run SQL on it, then you should be looking at 3.0Ghz XEONs.

Plus your drive space is probably tight, leaving them little room to maneuver.

I realize that this was not what you had originally asked... but your efforts to use a VPN client that's not native lead us here.  You really need to consider upgrading the server... especially if this server has any bit of importance to the running of a business.

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Well I do want to upgrade the server but I'm going for a more industrial solution so it might take a little longer which will work out as long as the existing server doesn't experience some sort of hardware malfunction but the drives are fairly new and I keep a back up.  However since the server is slow putting this process on the router makes it sound even more like it will increase the performance.  I might have to buy a cabinet and relocate the hard wires so it might take several months.  So what should I be looking at to have the VPN managed by the router which is a high end checkpoint model.
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Now you're just making excuses... if the VPN is important to you, then prioritize what needs to be done in order to have your VPN.  

"I might have to buy a cabinet and relocate the hard wires so it might take several months. "

Why would a new server require you to buy a cabinet and relocate the hard wires?

Your attempt to use the CheckPoint VPN will probably end up being MORE effort than it would take to upgrade the server.

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