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How to use windows server 2003 to make a rass vpn server and it has to be on a virutal workstation

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For a school project I created a server 2003 in vmware workstation I need that server to plug into my modem and then make it so the students can vpn into that server and have access to my network and printer. I need instruction on how to set this up with vmware workstation and server 2003 I have these programs but I am having all kinds of difficulty. I have internet access and I have a router so my plan is to take the router out of the picture and use the server 2003 to provide the access to the internet and give those wan ip settings to the server 2003 nic and then give the internal settings to the other card.
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by:arnold
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You need to configure the network to bridge the host interface and not be NATed.

You should leave the router in place.  Once you configure the VM server 2003 to get a LAN IP versus a NATed IP from the host system, you can then setup port forward on the router to the IP of the Vm server 2003 where you can setup RRAS and VPN services PPTP, L2TP, IPSEC or L2TP over ipsec.
Once you bridge the host's network interface, you may wish to set a static IP on the server versus relying on DHCP from the router.  
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by:boogieman01
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Good point about leaving the router in place I will try that tonight when I get home and thanks for the info on the NAT I was not sure about that either.
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how do I configure the network to bridge the only way I can get it to work is to have it nat. When I set it to bridge and try to have everything on the same segment I can't ping any vms
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Just to be sure, the bridging part is on the VM's network configuration and not on the host's.  The configuration is done as part of the VM guest OS configuration of the resources and not when the VM is loaded and you go through and right click on the network interface within the VM OS.
Usually, the VM host gets a NAT'd IP from the host.  The VM is then only accessible from the HOST by IP.
Redefining the networking section of the Guest from being NATed to directly accessing the LAN through the HOST's Network Interface.
You would need to check whether the VM is using DHCP or is setup with a fixed IP.
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