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Windows SBS 2003 and Cisco 1811 VPN Server

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I have a Windows Small Business Server 2003 and a Cisco 1811 router.  I would like to setup the router to act as an Easy VPN server authenticating against Radius on the Windows SBS 2003 Server.  I've looked on the internet for any guides on this, but none seem to quite answer all my questions.  Can anyone tell me how to first of all get Raduis setup on the server and then also setup the Cisco to do the VPN authenticating against the radius server?
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Is this Small Business Server 2003 PREMIUM?  Or Standard?

Also, why are you wanting your router to act as the VPN endpoint?  Who will be connecting?

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Premium, and I want the router to act as the endpoint because its my main firewall/router and all the servers sit behind it.
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If you have premium, then ISA would be your main firewall.  ISA Server is far more secure than the Cisco 1811, and even more secure if you have the Cisco 1811 out in front of it, which would be my recommended configuration.  Since ISA Server is integrated into SBS's installation, the configuration is optimized to suit the SBS environment.

You are far better off deploying your SBS according to the way it was designed because not only will it function better, but you'll have less to worry about and would have a better overall grasp of your network's health at any one moment.

What other servers do you have in your network?

Jeff
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The SBS Server is only a small portiosn of my network.  The Cisco 1811 plays a critical role in this envirometn as well since it is the devie that controls all the IPSec tunnels.
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I think the problem lies in how I have IAS setup on this server.  Is there a guise somewhere that I can read that will tell me how to do this?
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I called Cisco and was able to get this setup right.
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Sorry that I've been a bit busy the past couple of days and didn't get back to you on this.  

I would have at least mentioned that your statement that "the SBS Server is only a small portion of my network" is a bit problematic in that the basic design principals of SBS are that it be the central point of a network.  Any configuration to the contrary may cause you to experience other unexpected issues.  (such as your problem accessing http://companyweb)

That being said, it's really inappropriate for you to accept this question (and really not fair to provide a C grade since I didn't have a chance to even respond).  You really should post a request to the Community Support Zone asking for the question to either be PAQ'd (closed as a Previously Answered Question) if you are willing to post the solution you used, or to be deleted if you don't want to post the solution.

As the Microsoft Zone Advisor, I'm going to unaccept the question and request that you follow up with Community Support.

Jeff
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