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Windows Server vs Router VPN

Posted on 2011-03-08
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Hi

I need an advice. I got a Cisco 891 router and a Windows Server 2008, who is essentialy a file server.

Should i put the VPN server on my Cisco router or on my Windows Server. The advantages of my windows server is that the VPN users are aleready in the server. But is it less secure ?

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If you use PPTP for dial-in connections - yes, that is less secure. Security strictly depends on the length and complexity of the password with PPTP. Further PPTP behind a NAT device is subject to failures for many different reasons, so you might get an unreliable solution.

However, Cisco VPN (using IPSec) requires you to use a VPN Client on each PC. Though you can use the free ShrewSoft VPN, it's still a 3rd-party application needed on each PC. Usually it works much better than PPTP, and is more secure anyway.
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by:caclement
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What about L2TP and SSTP ? I heard they are more secure and works with windows server 2008.
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SSTP can only be used starting with Vista/W2008. It is based on SSL, and hence more secure than PPTP. I don't know if it is more reliable than PPTP, but assume it is.
L2TP is usually a PITA, security wise, when applied to Windows. You either need to use Computer Certificates, or a pre-shared-key, which then needs to be the same for all incoming connections.
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