First, let me apologize for the length of this post. I want to be as informative as possible. I have moderate or higher computer skills, but I am totally lost with this issue. Maybe one of the experts can help.
Recently, I agreed to help a friend install a server for their business. This is the first time I have ever worked with a server; let alone the complete installation of one.
We determined that our combined computer knowledge would help us over the hump, rather than having to pay an extraordinary amount of money to have someone build, install and configure the server. Initially the installation of the Microsoft Small Business Server 2003 operating system went very well. I have since configured the server for internet and local access. Currently, we have 2 other computers that share with the server via the same internet connection (we do have the server behind a router).
The problem is with VPN or remote connections. We have a domain name and a dedicated static IP provided by our ISP. I have configured the router by checking all port forwarding numbers to make sure they are in place (SBS 2003 had configured the router by UpnP). All appears correct. When trying to log on from a remote desktop by entering the domain name in a browser window, the Microsoft SBS 2003 home page pulls up with various selections (links) to site configuration. Once you click any of the links, a web page displays indicating that this server does not recognize this IP address, you do not have permissions to access this site.
I am assuming that I have to enter IP information from the various remote computers that will be accessing the server so that it recognizes the remote connection? If this is the case, what steps do I take to correct this problem. If I assume incorrectly, can anyone instruct me as to the proper method of getting remote functionailty with the server? Remote connection is the primary reason we decided to delve into the great unknown with a server install. One remote system does have Vista Home Premium x32 installed. The rest are WinXP Pro. If you require any further information, please feel free to ask. I look soooo forward to hearing from anyone who can help!