Site to Site VPN using Server 2003 as endpoints

Posted on 2012-08-27
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Last Modified: 2012-09-13
Hi all,

I have 2 locations that have the exact same setup.  A comcast router in bridge mode, an Edgemark router (That I can't do a VPN on because it's Comcast's) and a Server 2003 behind that.  Instead of adding another network device into the mix, can I just setup a site to site VPN between the 2 servers?  I just want the users to be able to access the shared drives on each server.
Question by:Sean Rhudy
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by:Sean Rhudy
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I'm sorry, but I cannot understand that video at all...  The servers are actually server 2008 standard, but that shouldn't make too much of a difference.  The servers are not the gateway to the internet, they are connected to the switch along with the rest of the workstations, and the switch connects to the router.  We have forwarded ports 47 and 1723 to each server already.
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Rob Williams earned 1240 total points
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I'm offering little assistance but thought I would comment.  This is almost a dead feature of Server 20xx as it is fraught with problems during configuration, unstable, complex to configure, and less secure than modern solutions.  I am reasonably familiar with VPN's (if you look at my profile) but I haven't done a site to site VPN with two Windows servers since Server 2000.  They are very rare today.  It involves configuring certificates, auto-dialars, routing (especially if you are using single NIC's) and more.  2008 also introduces NPS which also has to be configured.  It is not simple like a VPN client VPN.

Today site to site VPN routers are affordable, perform better, are very stable, much easier to configure, and much more secure.  I appreciate your predicament, but is there anyway to change your service so that you could introduce 2 VPN routers?  They will need to be assigned public IP's,  i.e. not behind a NAT device.

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by:Sean Rhudy
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Comcast finally agreed to let me have access to there Edgemark Routers.
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by:Rob Williams
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Good to hear.
Thanks seanrhudy

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