Question on Connection manager in SBS

Posted on 2007-08-03
Last Modified: 2010-04-19
Hi, I need an advice.
There are 2 ways to connect to a sbs server.
By RWW or by installing Connection manager.
I installed the connection manager. Then I found out that I could map a drive to a shared folder.
Is that a proper way to connect a laptopuser that are in another town? Is there any sequrity problems with that??
Additional info is maybee:we have dyndns no fixed ip.
By RWW it is possible to set up a client computer at work and connect to it to reach shared folders but then you have to have a free workstation on the Lan.
Question by:perbackman
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    by:Olaf De Ceuster
    The connectcomputer creates a VPN to the server. This is safe as long as you use strong passwords.
    The functionality is the same as being on the LAN but much slower.

    If you have a slow connection you are better of with RWW and log on to a workstation in the office.
    The only traffic going on the internet is your screenshots and keystrokes, hence a faster experience. You do need a workstation at the office set up for that user and not being used at the time.
    Hope that helps,

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    Do you mean that :first I have to do the ordinary connectcomputer and then if we have a fast connection, the user can run the connection manager procedur and log on to shared folders by mapping a driveletter to shared folders.
    This is an SBS server running it all we do not have ant TS.
    If they ony connect now and then this will be OK?? But not all the time??
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    You do not have to be part of the domain for this to work. So no need for the connect computer wizard if you don't want to. (Your call ). If an external client  (That client needs a username and password).
    Log on to your RWW site IMPORT the certificate and download and install the Connection Manager.
    This will create your VPN. Once the VPN is connected you will have the same functionality as being on the lan but over the internet. You do need a fast internet connection (ADSL or Cable).
    If you only have a slow internet connection: Log on to your RWW, IMPORT certificate and connect to "my computer at work". Again no need to be part of the domain to do this as long as you import the certificate.

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