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WIN 2008 32BIT - LOCAL VPN / RRAS QUERY

Hi Ive setup a basic network just for learning curve via a single Win 2008 Server 32bit, DC, SP2, Layer 2 switch & 1 x laptop all plugged in locally!!!!

Can I even configure a VPN on a server so that I can actually test my laptop locally, prior to being in a remote place to test?

As a temporary measure using a 'test user account', the laptop has already joined to 'domain'.
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sugunakarCommented:
yeah, you can. But in order to test it via internet, you must be knowing the public IP address and the VPN service  should be listening on that IP address which is exposed to internet.

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Neil RussellTechnical Development LeadCommented:
NOoooooooooo


Do not install RRAS on a DC.

272294 - Active Directory Communication Fails on Multihomed Domain Controllers
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;272294

191611 - Symptoms of Multihomed Browsers
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;EN-US;191611

Its a well documented NONO
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mikey250Author Commented:
Ok thats good to know but Ive been Ive been having problems and so I just put the 'laptop' on the domain.  I have a funny setup though but Ive not mentioned it on the main thread!! Hope you can help!!
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Neil RussellTechnical Development LeadCommented:
http://forums.techarena.in/active-directory/1231884.htm

Basically dont do it! Especially if you are learning still!! More trouble than its worth. Set up a second server for RRAS NOT the DC
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mikey250Author Commented:
Hi Neilsr, I will have a look at the 'urls'.  What if I set it up and go to a friends house and plug my laptop into his internet and test from there?
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Neil RussellTechnical Development LeadCommented:
The problem is that a multihomed DC is a nightmare! You will almost certainly kill your local domain and all of its services.

RRAS on a DC IS just to be totally avoided. Its well documented, its always advised against and anybody who says Yes do it, either has no experience of ever having tried OR has no idea whatsoever about other peoples abilities.

It can easily kill your domain.
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mikey250Author Commented:
Hi Neilsr,  Yes Im reading!! Just to let you know my provider which Im using is at home with ISP Virgin Media who have connected me via a 'coaxial cable' type connection of my 'Netgear router & model no: VMDG280'.  What I did was 'Disable the Dhcp' in my Netgear and allowed my Win 2008 server to become the 'Master dc' which now also runs on: 192.168.0.x

Although my Master DC has 'dns' running also, I also added as the secondary dns the IP of my ISP Provider: 194.168.4.100.x and in the 'Advanced tab' I also added my ISP actual secondary dns IP: 194.168.8.100.  I also ticked the second box about Register dns.

This then allowed me to ping from my Master DC all my ISP Providers connections to the Internet.  Im not even sure if this is the right way to do it although most certainly NOT ideal, but wanted to use my Win 2008 DCHP and NOT the Netgear routers.

As I have only 1 machine that even allows me to install Win 2008 32bit as I do NOT own 64 bit yet.  I would have to install Win 2003 DC on 1 server and presumably 1 standalone Win 2003 server with RRAS to even test this.  I was going to do this on another day but wanted to learn as much as I can while I have Win 2008 32bit installed.  Im not even sure if there is anything else I can or cant do on this setup I have as I only have 1 server that allows me to install Win 2008 32bit and all other machines I use for testing are 32bit also!!!!!!!!

Anyway I will continue reading those url's!
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Neil RussellTechnical Development LeadCommented:
You can install server 2008 32 bit on a 64bit machine by the way.
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mikey250Author Commented:
Hi Nelisr,  Im still reading your 'url's and starting to gain some understanding!!  Presumably doing this on either an SBS 2003 Server as I have 32bit pc's or when I get a 64bit server I can also do this with no problems on SBS 2008?
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mikey250Author Commented:
Hi Neilsr,  Ok but I have not got a 64 machine as yet.  With regards to as you 'SAY' trying to setup RRAS with use of a VPN, using this on the same DC is NOT a good idea as per what you have stated and what I have read via your 'Urls'.  Although there was a way of doing it according to one of the 'URL's you sent but what a longwinded lot of hassle it was stating!!

So as per my previous thread, I presume doing this on SBS 2003 can be done?
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mikey250Author Commented:
All advice is good advice!!
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