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network through braches

Hello, i have a 2003 server with 5 win98 clients which are all located in different places outside town and i want to connect them to the server with leased dsl lines, i want to user 2003 active directory, do i still need to use vpn? any suggestions on how will this network be more efficient?
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Adrien de CroyCommented:
VPN (IP tunneling) will give you secure native networking.  However it's normally a fair bit slower than something like RDP (remote desktop).

Most file transfers etc over windows networking (SMB protocol) are really sensitive to latency on links.  DSL links are typically about at least 30ms latency, which we find causes poor performance for bulk transfers of files over VPNs.

So the quickest way to get remote access is remote desktop - depends on your requirements, i.e. whether you really need to transfer files to and from the remote office or whether you just want access to office resources.
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