Setup VPN and Remote Access on Windows Server 2008

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I want to configure VPN on Windows Server 2008 to allow my eight users to connect to the office network simultaneously and remote into their workstations. Is there a step by step guide to perform this task? Also, can multiple users connect at the same time?

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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
It might be (it IS) easier to get a hardware VPN router appliance. You surely have a router now. Replace with an entry level commercial Netscreen (SS5G) or Cisco RV325 router. Both handle IPsec VPN in hardware. The Cisco is easy to set up. Both will handle 10 users with ease. The VPN hardware approach frees up your server and reduces maintenance.

I do as I say for all my clients.

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NishantAuthor Commented:
Thank you John. Apart from getting a hardware, is there any way to do it within windows server itself? My client has a limited budget and might not be ready to spend on a new hardware.
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
With no budget, you need someone here who will tell you how to set up PPTP VPN and use PPTP VPN on clients. This is not particularly secure VPN and gets in the way of using Internet at the Client end, but otherwise it works.

Check if your router already does PPTP VPN.
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NetExpert Network Solutions Pte LtdTechnical SpecialistCommented:
As John explained, numerous hardware vpn box'es ( all functions in one box) in market with low cost and you can get in ebay with warranty

Example : Fortigte, sonicwall TZ series,Cisco 800 series and few other

Still, if you would like to configure PPTP on windows 2008, here is the step by step configuration example
NishantAuthor Commented:
How many simultaneous connections are possible through PPTP VPN?
NetExpert Network Solutions Pte LtdTechnical SpecialistCommented:
How many simultaneous connections are possible through PPTP VPN?

On windows server or hardware VPN boxes ?

The hardware VPN boxes are much more enough for small medium business companies
NishantAuthor Commented:
On windows server? Its a 8 user network.
NetExpert Network Solutions Pte LtdTechnical SpecialistCommented:
I don't see the number of connections supported in windows server as  like hardware VPN box'es

But, i am sure the server can support more than 10 vpn users

Tried to verify in microsoft tech page, but not able to verify. You can start proceed to configure windows 2008 server as PPTP server
Qlemo"Batchelor", Developer and EE Topic AdvisorCommented:
Yes, RRAS (MS VPN) is able to support up to 255 PPTP connections - by number, at least. 10 users should not be an issue.
If they just want to remote into their desktops, you can set up Remote Desktop Web Access:
NishantAuthor Commented:
Thank you John. I was somehow able to make my client understand the importance of going through the appliance.
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
@nishantdewan86 - Thanks for the update and I am glad you could convince your client. Everyone will be happy.
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