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I have a user who's main workstation is a laptop.  This laptop is part of a domain. She wants to be able to take the laptop to any ol' wifi hotspot and still have access to the files/folders/Exchange on the domain just as if she were sitting in the office.  What is the best way to go about this? Site-to-Site VPN wouldn't work because she will be at all different sites.  Any ideas?
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by:mren08
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Can you install RRAS on one of your Windows servers?

Depending on your security requirements, you could just allow PPTP connections through the firewall (ports 1723, 47) on an allocated IP address that NAT's to your RRAS server.

Then your user just needs to run the Network Connection wizard to setup a new VPN connection. Bear in mind that SOME hotspots may not allow VPN protocols out..

This is not a bad guide to setting this up: http://www.zdnetasia.com/techguide/windows/0,39044904,39294059,00.htm
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by:alienvoice
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You could set up a VPN that isnt site to site. But can be accessed anywhere from the internet. We use a Juniper VPN setup that allows a user to access it from anywhere in the world into our internal domain.

You access it by logging into a our vpn website. Upon first access, it installs the Juniper client software which setups the vpn tunneling.

Hope this helps.

http://www.juniper.net/products_and_services/ssl_vpn_secure_access/index.html
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by:din101
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Yea  ask her to log in  on your company network 1st  that will store her domain password on the laptop and let her log in even if she  is not on the domain. Then create a PPTP VPN or IPsec VPN what ever your company have. Soon  s he connect to ur company with any type of client to server VPN she will be like on ur local network only slower. Make sure you put all the domain server names on her computer  host file
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We ended up going with a Cisco VPN solution - working great!
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