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Running Windows RAS on hyper-v guest VM

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I was wondering what the experts thought are on having a Hyper-V VM that is used as A Remote Access Server?  Also, what other features or roles would make it more secure?
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It depends on what type of RAS you want to implement, how many clients you want to service, what resources are available to the VM???

I've implemented a few RAS servers on both physical and virtual hosts and each case is different.  If you just want to offer a PPTP or IPSec VPN service for a handful of users you would probably be ok with using a VM with a decent processor and at least 1GB RAM assigned to it, but as I've said its usually dependent on the above factors at a very minimum.
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The Host machine is a HP DL380 g6 and has 2 quad core processors and 20 gig of RAM.  I have one vm for a second  DC/DNS server for the domain, and one vm for antivirus.  I will be serving maybe, 8-10 users max at any one time.  I am looking for a basic vpn solution that provides reasonable protection and service.  I have six network ports so I think I could use one for an external interface.  I am curious as to the most effective way to configure the interfaces and the maybe the whole VM.
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The spec of the server is good, so you shouldn't have a problem using a guest VM as a VPN server but I'd probably limit the number of inbound connections to around 15-20 unless you assign a load of RAM to the VM.

You could connect the physical server direct to the internet and then assign that interface as an external link for the VPN server, although you might want to think about firewalling that NIC first.  You could use the RAS NAT/Firewall feature but its not very configurable as far as firewalling is concerned.
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Now I need a good guide for  installing the VPN/RAS.
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