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Setting up a VPN

I need to set up a VPN as I'm going to working remotely in about 4 weeks time.  Totally confused with what I've read on the net and I am no closer to finding a solution.

The PDC (and email) is windows 2003, file server win2003, db server 2k.  All connected through a HP switch with the gateway being a linksys RV082 to an SDSL modem.  the remote PC will be XP pro.

I've followed the setup intructions to do it on the firewal (RV082) using the quick connect client software without success and have read a lot of people having trouble with it so that doesn't fill me with confidence.

I believe I do have the hardware necessary to set it up but where to start?

Can I do it with the built in OS software?

I did have a quick look at setting up the RRAS on the PDC but it said  it couldn't continue as the machine only had 1 NIC -  do I need to put in another NIC to get ths to work?

Please, somebody must be able to explain in plain english what I need to have and what I need to do to get what I thought would a simple procedure to setup.

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Rob WilliamsCommented:
With your configuration you have 3 options as I see it:
-The Linksys QuickVPN client access. As you say this is sometimes problematic
-If you update the RV042's firmware they have added an option to allow you to create a PPTP VPN connection directly to the RV042 with no need to configure the server, using the Windows built-in VPN client. This is very easy
-Configure RRAS on your server, port forwarding on the router and use the Windows VPN client to connect. To do so  see the following:
The basic server and client configurations can be found at the following sites with good detail:
Server 2003 configuration:
http://www.lan-2-wan.com/vpns-RRAS-1nic.htm
Windows XP client configuration:
http://www.onecomputerguy.com/networking/xp_vpn.htm
You will also have to configure the router to forward the VPN traffic to the server. This is done by enabling on your router VPN or PPTP pass-through, and also forwarding port 1723 traffic to the server's IP. For details as to how to configure the port forwarding, click on the link for your router (assuming it is present) on the following page:
http://www.portforward.com/english/applications/port_forwarding/PPTP/PPTPindex.htm
The only other thing to remember is the subnet you use at the remote office needs to be different than the server end. For example if you are using 192.168.1.x at the office , the remote should be something like 192.168.2.x

Once this is configured you can then use services similar to how you would on the local network. You will not be able to browse the network unless you have a WINS server installed. Also depending on your network configuration you may have problems connecting to devices by name, though this can usually be configured.. Using the IP address is less problematic such as \\192.168.1.111\SharenName.
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cj_1969Commented:
You can also take a look at this ... a simple client VPN solution that might bypass all the trouble you are currently going through ...
https://secure.logmein.com/products/hamachi/vpn.asp?lang=en
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bja1Author Commented:
Thanks RobWill  I had seen the PPTP tab but the UG didn't go into detail about it so wasn't 100% that this could be the solution.  thanks to your confirmation I set it went home and tested it first time connection and pinged all servers I needed so spot on.

Many Thanks.
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Rob WilliamsCommented:
Excellent. Glad to hear.
Thanks bja1.
Cheers !
--Rob
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