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I have two locations that I need to setup a vpn for. One in Ontario, CA and another one in Kentucky.   the location intario has a FIOS line with static IP's (35/35Mbps).

The one in Kentucky will be 50/25Mbps with static IP's too - fiber line.

what is a good business grade VPN router?

I would like to connect both locations via vpn and have them use local resources from Ontario, CA.  I would like to join the Kentucky computer to the domain controller and have the computers managed via active directory, endpoint protection, WSUS, group policies, printers, etc...

any recommendations to do this the RIGHT WAY would be greatly appreciated.

The Ontario location has about 50 computers with inhouse Exchange, AD, and custom built database application.
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by:Lee W, MVP
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I would setup Untangle in a VM on both sides and let that act as your router - it includes openVPN which does a great job with site-to-site links.
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Cisco ASA's could be used to do a site to site VPN if you have budget for new equipment. The benefit of using Cisco is they're so prevalent that there tends to be a lot of people/businesses able to provide consultancy if you need it.
You could always go with other hardware which might be cheaper. I have worked with Watchguard and Fortigate Firewalls which both could do this. These would be UTM devices providing extra features such as AV, IPS, DLP and more.

Regarding the AD setup, I'd at least have a local DC in the Kentucky location so users can still log into PCs should the VPN drop. You'd set up a new site in AD Sites & Services with it's own subnet and place the new DC there.

Rory
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Which model?
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Well, that's for you to decide. You will need to review the different models available and decide which meets your needs in terms of bandwidth, concurrent connections and whatever other features you decide you might need, not to mention cost.

http://www.cisco.com/c/en/us/products/security/asa-5500-series-next-generation-firewalls/models-comparison.html
http://www.juniper.net/us/en/products-services/security/srx-series/#products
http://www.fortinet.com/products/fortigate/index.html
http://www.watchguard.com/products/xtm-main.asp
http://www.sonicwall.com/us/en/products/Network-Security-Appliances.html

Many of these are available as virtual appliances as well as physical hardware.
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Including the Untangle product.  Which you can try first as a free product, test the paid products for two weeks and default back to the free stuff or buy the paid stuff.

You can also buy an Untangle device.
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The Sophos UTM is a good solution for VPN too.
With a easy to understand webinterface and a good monitoring.
Available as Software, Virtual or appliances:
http://www.sophos.com/en-us/products/unified-threat-management/tech-specs.aspx
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