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Using Static Route with VPN users

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Hi All,

I have a question regarding using Static Routes with VPN users.

Basically we use SBS 2011 and the built in VPN to allow users to access a CRM solution. The majority of the users are external users based in Ireland and the UK. All users are Windows 7 based.  The users were complaining about slow internet speeds when connecting through the VPN (which is understandable as all traffic was passed through the VPN to HQ in Ireland). To address this I have set the external users to not Use default gateway on remote network on there VPN connections.

I was just wondering should I know create a Static Route in the routing table so that server traffic is passed through the VPN? I was looking at the following article that explains the process: http://old.stevenharman.net/blog/archive/2007/01/26/VPN_Connections_and_Default_Gateways.aspx

Any feedback would be appreciated.
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Hello,

The routes should be updates when then the VPN is created so under normal circumstances you shouldn't need to use static routes.  

The default gateway option you unticked should help but if they are still complaining it may be worth checking our their internet speeds on each site.

Our of interest, are you using SBS for the VPNs or your router?
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Hi David,

Thanks for the reply. We are using SBS for the VPNs (VPN tunnel passes through our Firewall to the SBS Server).

Un-ticking the Default Gateway option has helped, just wondering because of the change would the route need to be updated.

Thanks Again.
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Above is true if all clients use their own connection, instead of a LAN-LAN VPN.
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Hi All,

We don't use Site-to-Site as the users are all field based.
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by:VB ITS
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Have a look at this Microsoft article, most notably at Step 4 as it will contain the relevant command you need to add the static route: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/317025
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Then again, you need to add static routes only if you have more than the SBS/VPN server subnet to be reachable via VPN, or the RAS IP Pool is not part of the SBS subnet. Otherwise no need for any change.
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Hi brianquin,

The route will have automatically updated when you un-ticked the use vps for default gateway option so no need for any statics :).

Dave
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Hi All,

That's perfect. Thanks for the help.

We don't use any other subnets (apart from DMZ but that is used for different services).

Thanks Again.
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Sorry.
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Provided answer to question topic.
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