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Outlook 2007 Auto-Dial VPN Remote Access to Exchange 2003 Server

apr911 asked
Last Modified: 2008-07-20
Hey everybody,

Im thinking this will be a pretty easy one today. One that I might get a final resolution on unlike my last post.

Anyway, Im hoping someone here can help me out. I am running Outlook 2007 on my laptop and Exchange 2003 on a personal server located in my apt.

When I am in my apt. connected to my wireless, as expected, I have no issues sending/receiving email through exchange.

When I am on the road however, I am obviously unable to connect to my exchange server. I setup a PPTP VPN tunnel to allow access to my resources remotely. I have tested it and found that it to be in working order and when I manually dial the VPN connection or manually put outlook into offline mode (so that it dials the VPN connection), I am able to successfully get my emails through exchange.

My question is, is there away to setup outlook such that I dont have to manually dial the VPN or put it in offline mode? I set the exchange server account settings in outlook to automatically detect my connection status, but since it is detecting my network connection as being ok, it is not automatically going into offline mode and therefore not dialing the VPN connection even though the Exchange server is not located on the network im connected to.

I know it sounds lazy and it is, but Id rather not have to manually do anything, especially if I decide to give some of my less computer literate friends email addresses in my domain. Id also rather not use IMAP or POP3 and SMTP due to security issues having to open the ports on the firewall.
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