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I have a remote WIndows Server 2003 Standard that I wish to access using a PPTP VPN connection from Windows XP, over the Internet.  The server only has one NIC. I only need to have a single VPN end point on the server, so I can access the file system directly over the VPN.  Please explain how to setup Routing and Remote Access for this configuration.  It seems to be a "Custom" setup.  Also need to put the Basic Firewall filters in place under RRAS.
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by:Amit Bhatnagar
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Is your Server using a public IP or a Private IP? I would recommend Private behind a Router\Firewall. Choose Custom and choose "VPN Access" from the 5 options.

http://thelazydev.com/images/network/boche-rras-conf-4.jpg

Also, you will have to forward TCP 1723 and IP 47 (GRE) from the Router to your Server incase the Server is on Private IP range. Filters are useful when Public IP is used but they can be a real pain in  the @#$5 if configured incorrectly.

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At the moment there is no firewall other than using Basic Firewall filtering in RRAS.  And yes, I am familiar with the pain in the @#$5 of it.  So there is only one NIC with a public IP address.  Choosing VPN on the RRAS configuration wizard throws an error saying that two NICs are required and to choose "Custom" for one one NIC.  My issue is that "Custom" does not provide any help on conguring RRAS to act as a single VPN endpoint for a VPN connection.  So, what are all the RRAS settings to manually set to achieve this?
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BillBrice, After you choose Custom....Choose VPN Access. Click on Next and Finish. When you will click on Finish, It will say "The Remote and Routing Access Service has installed. Do you want to start it" Click on Yes and you will see RRAS with a Green Arrow...which means it is ON. That is it...Your VPN Server is all setup. Now, right click on the Server's name and clikc on IP tab. Tis is where you need to specify whether the VPN client connecting in, would get an IP frmo DHCP or static pool. Specify a small IP Static Pool. For e.g, 192.168.10.10 to 192.168.10.15. This will give you 6 IPs. Don't worry about the routing part as RRAS can take care it...Once u do it, restart the Routing Service. You should now be able to connect to your RRAS  and access it.
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Thanks very much.  That was just what I needed.
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You are welcome..:) Do let me know incase you need any more information.
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