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Posted on 2007-03-24
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Hello...I do onsite computer service and was wondering if there is a free software package I can load on my main server at my house to setup a VPN. There are times that I am at a customers home and from time to time, need to map a drive to download special software programs. I would like to use the built in VPN network connectin wizard to work with whatever solution there may be... Please advise asap.

thanks !!
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by:bbrunning
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Why not just purchase some webhosting then setup remote desktop to your machine at home/office. Whenever you need something just remote in and upload it to your space and download it from the other location.

>>free software package I can load on my main server<< Are you running a server operating system???

If you're running Windows Server 2000/2003 you can setup the built in VPN and forward the necessary ports to your server.

If you aren't running a server os, you're out of luck setting up the VPN unless you have a router that supports it.
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by:PAULADAMSJR
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Sorry, I should have indicated that I am running server 2000. How do I setup that part of the server...?

Thanks !!
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You need to turn on routing and remote access.
Start/administrative tools/routing and remote access
Right click your servername and select configure routing and remote access.
Click Next/select VPN (Virtual private networking) Next
TCP/IP should be in the box and make sure yes is selected, click next
Select the connection that will allow users...If you only have 1 connection it won't allow you to select it so just select no internet connection and click next.
Use default DHCP settings (automtaic) and click next
Select No for RADIUS as you won't need it and click next, then click Finish
It may give you a DHCP message, just click okay and let it start up the service.
Now click the + sign next to IP routing and right-click DHCP relay agent
Click new interface and select your local area connection
leave default settings and hit okay/next
On the Router:
Now you need to forward the port to the server. You can use UPNP or TCP protocol.
I usually just forward TCP/IP port 1723 to the server's IP address and that enables the VPN port passthrough from the outside network.
Back on the Server:
You need to give one of your accounts VPN access.
Go to ative directory users and computers, select the user you want access and go to properties.
Click the Dial-In tab and select allow access under remote access and hit okay.

You should be all set.
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by:PAULADAMSJR
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Excellent step-by-steps !!  Thanks !!  Is it basically the same for server 2003 ?
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by:bbrunning
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Yes, and thanks for the points!
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