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Configuring hardware firewall for out-of-network access.

The office where I work has acquired a new hardware firewall to replace the old one which is no longer supported by the vendor. This new firewall is a Sonic Firewall model TZ 170.

Our office has several users which will need to access the network using their laptops from home. The office's main server is running Windows 2003, which is where the remote users will log on when they connect through the new firewall.

The question before the house is: How do I configure the hardware firewall to allow users to log on the Windows domain from outside the network?
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TheMetrixCommented:
I have the same Firewall, in the past we have used VPN to allow users access to the network from outside of company walls. The TZ170 has VPN capabilities that are setup thru the Firewalls Web Interface.
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chuckyhCommented:
How were they doing it before? Did you have a VPN setup? That's probably what you'll need to do. Either setup VPN on the Sonic or VPN on the 2003 server and pass through the traffic on the Sonic.
Do you know if it's a 10-node 25-node or unlimited-node model?  With a 10-node you can only have 5 client vpn connections to it. 25node lets you have 50.
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mjbtecAuthor Commented:
Windows 2003 isn't currently set up for VPN access. Is it better to use the firewall's VPN instead? Or should I set up VPN on both the server and the firewall?
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chuckyhCommented:
It's up to you, but if the firewall supports VPN then I would do it there, better to leave everything outside the firewall rather than having to open up ports to the 2003 server. You don't need VPN setup on both places.
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mjbtecAuthor Commented:
Do the laptops need to be specially configured to connect to the VPN on the firewall?
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mjbtecAuthor Commented:
To rephrase my last question, I was wondering how to specifically configure the IP settings on the client computer. How would the client computer get the IP address from the DHCP on the server?

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mjbtecAuthor Commented:
It's gotten quiet here all of a sudden. I found the information I needed from searching the other solutions on Experts Exchange. Thanks anyway.
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