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How to know common name for my Windows 2012 Remote Access Server

I would like to set up remote access for my Windows Server 2012 server. I am attempting to generate a SSL Certificate from GoDaddy. How do I determine the common name for my server? Can it be Server.LOCAL?

I keep getting invalid CSR from GoDaddy certificate launch page. I have used 2048 bit encryption. Any help would be appreciated.

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The only domain we own is hosted by GoDaddy.

The local server is only a File Share Server.

If my File Share Server is called Server2012, do we have to buy a .com address to access it remotely? Or, can I just use Domain.Server2012.com, without purchasing that domain name? I am enabling remote access and VPN.

Any and all assistance is greatly appreciated.

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krazykaigh

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@172PilotSteve,

I contacted GoDaddy based on your last response and they confirmed that I do have to purchase a different .com domain name. I actually purchased an SSL Certificate yesterday at $5.99/yr for a 3 year license.

Now I own a two domain names. One is our actual name which is a .org. Then we have a .com with the same name that is the alias to our .org. Due to budgetary constraints I am considering using the sclonm.com for our File Share Server.

Do you know if I set the .com address to point at my firewall using the A record, can the login page have a link to the .org (since it is currently an alias) and have the login credentials? Or will it just be a standard login once I set it?

Thanks.
172pilotSteve

This "logon page" you speak of is going to be a function of whatever VPN you are using..  router, firewall, software, etc..   A web page can have a link to anything you want it to have a link to.  I think you were steered wrong to buy the new domain name, but what's done is done.  Again, the name is just a pointer to an IP address, so it doesn't matter what it is..  Now, getting your VPN configured is another beast altogether.    What device are you going to use to create the VPN?
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krazykaigh

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Thanks for all of your help!

I think you misunderstood, I did not buy a new domain name. I only purchased the SSL Certificate credit. My company already has 3 domains registered with GoDaddy. So, I am just going to reallocate the one that is not used any longer.

I have a Cisco RV180W Wireless-N Multifunction VPN Router. However doesn't the Windows Server's Remote Access Management help setup the VPN, or only Direct Access Management?

Thanks, again.
172pilotSteve

It depends.. You can setup your cisco router as the VPN host, meaning that your internet clients will connect to that Cisco to manage the VPN connection, or  you could configure the Cisco to pass that traffic in to the Windows server to build the VPN with the Remote Access components.  Personally, I'd do the Cisco because then there's only one device to configure, but there are pros and cons to both..