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Posted on 2007-11-18
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I have a VPN set up so that my remote sites can connect securely to the home office via the Cisco router VPN. What I want to do is set up  VPNs with each remote site so I can access the remote sites from the home office for trouble shooting and updates. Most of the remote sites are using Linkysis routers and windows XP workstations. I tried to set up a VPN on one of the workstations but it seamed to want to be the client and not the server connection. Do I need third party software to facilitate this or have I just done something wrong?
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I would install log me in (www.logmein.com) on the remote sites to do the updates. It is a great product and it is free for what you are looking to do.
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The logmein software would suffice if you wanted to just connect to a limited number of clients, but if you have entire remote networks that you want to be able to get to the devices on, then I would do the site-to-site VPN connection like you're alluding to in your post.

Need more info to help out on the site-to-site setup.  What device is at the home office?  ASA, PIX, router?  What type of router is at each remote site?  This makes a difference because the configuration of the site-to-site tunnel is specific to each device.  Also, if you have a router that will be the VPN tunnel peer (i.e. at the remote site networks) then you need to make sure you have an IOS loaded on it that will do VPN's since not all IOS versions have VPN (i.e. cryptographic) support.
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Cisco 2800router at the local site. Most of the remote sites have linksys routers. I do not see a set up for site to site on the Linksys routers. All I see on lthe Linksys is the VPN pass thru. If I can set up a vpn to even on of the workstations I can use vnc to assess the other clients.
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You would probably do better to use something like the logmein solution in your case.  That would allow you to establish an ondemand connection the remote workstation whereas a VPN connection to that machine would have to be initiated from that machine and you probably don't want to have to call somebody at the remote site and tell them to do that every time you want to remote in and look at machines on that network.
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I chose ultraVNC because it was free. Seems to be working fine. Thank you for your input.
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