Remote user Laptop setup (join to domain or local, and vpn options?)
Posted on 2009-05-04
Here is the environment.
I have a CISCO asa 5505 with a VPN tunnel running and it can accept VNP client connections as well. I also have a terminal server set up for remote access via direct RDP or VPN + RDP. I have remote users that are using all kinds of options to get here and I seem to do it differently every time trying to get the best situation. I really need some advice on how other companies handle remote workers (sales people with laptops) that work totally out of the office.
Im setting up a new laptop and Im weighing the options.
Do I join it to the domain or leave it as a local machine only?
Do I install the VPN client and all client side applications (ERP, Email) and have it start the vpn before boot?
Windows update to MSN or my SUS server?
AV updates to my server or the AVs server?
How much control over the remote machine is reasonable?
I know answers to my questions are likely it depends on the situation, but I want to know what others are doing in respect to these remote workers.