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Running connectcomputer over vpn connection

I have 3 systems to setup that need to be connected to an sbs server, to save time I would like to do this from my office and then be able to just physically connect the computers monday morning. The connectcomputer wizard does not run over a vpn connection, however I'm wondering whether there is any possible way to make it work. I'm doubtful but thought I'd ask. And if there is a way will it come back to haunt me down the road?
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bluetabCommented:
I have not been able to get the connectcomputer wizard to work over a VPN.  There's basically two options that I know of;
1) Take the remote computers to the main office and run the connectcomputer wizard from there
2) Go to My Computer Properties and add them that way.  I've done this several times and have not had any consequences.  The connectcomputer wizard sets some things (RDP for RWW, Outlook profile) automatically but it's nothing that you can't do manually.  
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dpachecoAuthor Commented:
These computers are going to end up in the office anyway, I just wanted to save some time. I know I can do it manually but am a believer in connectcomputer, so I'll do it from the office if I have to. I was hoping for a workable workaround. Thanks.
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Olaf De CeusterCommented:
The only way is to setup a VPN tunnel, add your domain suffix to DNS, add your domain to the trusted zone, import the certificate and run the connectcomputer wizard as per normal.
There is also an article on www.smallbizserver.net (paid site) on how to join a remote computer to the domain. It does not use the connectcomputer wizard.
Hope that helps and don't hesitate to ask if you need futher help.
Olaf
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dpachecoAuthor Commented:
I would need more details on creating a vpn tunnel and adding the domain suffix to dns and to trusted zone. I can import the cert.
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Olaf De CeusterCommented:
For the VPN Tunnel you'll have to consult your Routers Manuals. Hardware tunnels work best. Create the tunnel first.
I assume your SBS domain is xxx.local
In your Network card's properties> TCP/IP>Advanced>DNS>In the text box called DNS Suffix for this connection type: xxx.local>OK>OK>OK
Open Internet Explorer properties> Click on Security Tab>Trusted sites>sites>Add: http://your servername.xxx.local and untick the "Require server verification..." box.
Once the VPN tunnel is in place in IE type: http://server name.xxx.local/connectcomputer.
Hope that helps.
Olaf
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dpachecoAuthor Commented:
I ended up just doing these in the office monday. Not sure what to do with the points here as what olafdc suggests may have worked, but I did not have a chance to try it.
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dpachecoAuthor Commented:
I did not get a chance to try this but feel I should award the points.
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