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Remote client authentication with Active Directory on Server 2012

I'm installing a Win 2012 Server as a DC on this network that has never had a server before. Right now they have a dozen remote laptops that will need to somehow authenticate against the new Windows domain I'm creating with Active Directory.

Right now all I have for them for remote access is a VPN powered by the Sonicwall firewall/router.

We don't have any Backup DC's in any branch offices yet but I'm guessing we'll want to do that sooner than later now that they're growing big enough to need a server.

Generally speaking, how might be the best way to provide remote access to the domain for remote laptops? Thanks!
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footechCommented:
I would say that it's still going to be VPN.  Unless you want to set up some other server or device for VPN, you can continue to use the SonicWall.
The question becomes, "To what resources do you need to allow remote access?"
If it's files, then a VPN is probably the answer.  For things like Exchange, there are other technologies that allow you to access it remotely without relying on a VPN (but if this is the first DC I'm sure you don't have Exchange).  If they use Exchange Online or Office 365 then they're already familiar with that.
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Lionel MMSmall Business IT ConsultantCommented:
Agree--VPN and SonicWall are a good way to go. Are you familiar with adding users and computers to active directory so they can get authenticated?
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