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How to setup a VPN between 10 Windows XP ?

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Hello ,
I would like to connect 10 Windows XP together to a head office (windows XP)... using VPN.

My main usage would be to share a folder in order to share files...

Is there any whitepaper....step by step guide ????

Each Windows XP is connected to the internet through DSL. ( so no fixed IP )
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by:als315
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It is better to setup router with embedded VPN server in main office.
You will need fixed IP in main office (you can also use dyndns, if it is impossible).
There are many routers with VPN (from Cisco to TP-Link)
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by:Don Thomson
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If you will newver have more than 15 workstations connected - I would suggest using GBRIDGE
I have used it in serveral client locations. The beauty of GBRIDGE is that it creates a VPN - Does not need ANY ports open in any Routers or firewalls, Uses a gmail account to connect everyone togeather and it FREE

One of the added advantages is that it allows what is called a secure share - You can share a folder on any PC and have it automatically update a folder on some or ALL of the other PCs any time the contents of the mail folder change - You can set it to update an a timed basis.

The result is that if someone changes a file at the receiving end - It will get reset to the original version automatically next sync. If that is a probelm than have the people making changes either update the master or email the file back to the originator.

It also allows remote connection to all the PCs on the Gbridge network - password controlled if you want

We used it for remote access to client machines before we went to TeamViewer

IT DOES NOT WORK ON A SERVER -IT WILL CRASH THE SERVER - FAIR WARNING
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by:RobMobility
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Hi,

Windows XP natively supports PPTP Encrypted VPN connections as per this tutorial:

http://www.onecomputerguy.com/networking/xp_vpn_server.htm

However, PPTP isn't the most secure of VPN solutions available, however.

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by:RobMobility
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Hi,

You can run Kerio on XP and this will provide you with a VPN server on the 'host' PC.

Alternatively, you may want to run it on another PC and permit access from the one running Kerio to the one you're trying to connect to.

Regards.


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by:RobMobility
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Hi,

http://www.kerio.com/control/security/vpn

Regards,


RobMobility.
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by:RobMobility
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Hi,

One other option is to use TeamViewed and install the VPN component for access to fileshares or you can tranfer files within a TeamViewer 'remote' session using the TeamViewer client.

More details here:

http://www.teamviewer.com/en/solutions/remoteaccess.aspx

http://www.teamviewer.com/en/res/pdf/first_steps_unattended_access_en.pdf

Regards,


RobMobility.
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by:Don Thomson
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I use teamviewer and it works great - However the "Free Version is not for commercial use. I had to buy a license - It was well worth it - I support about 250 workstations remotely from across the country.

If you use it in the free mode, it will start giving you grief if you connect to more than 5 remotes in a day. It gives you a warning that it Suspects commercial use. Keep using it and it tell you that you are using it for commercial use and you will be limitied to a 5 minute session - then locks you out after it disconnects for the next 10-15 minutes -

Single user license is about 600-$750   (one shot lifetime license)

I got a 2 user license to be able to use it on two machines (only one at a time) with up to 3 remotes at a time

I figured it paid for itself in about 3 weeks
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by:ocanada_techguy
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As an aside, check out TSPlus, an inexpensive Citrix/Terminal Server alternative that can host multiple sessions running on an XP box even.
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by:kemi67
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I think that this question was answered as requested, proposing different ways to achieve the result
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by:RobMobility
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Hi,

I don't think OPENVPN solution would work as this assumes the server has a fixed IP address and 'Each Windows XP is connected to the internet through DSL. ( so no fixed IP )'?

The only way to achieve this is using a service that centrally facilitates connectivity such as TeamViewer or others.

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by:kemi67
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OpenVPN works even with dynamic IP. Dynamic client without configuration, dynamic server with some configuration.
See here
http://openvpn.net/index.php/open-source/documentation/howto.html#dynamic
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