Remote users/VPN question

Posted on 2016-07-19
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Last Modified: 2016-07-19
We have a 2011 Small biz server running Exchange and a Sophos firewall, along with that 3 remote (home) users that sign into the network. Currently they use teamviewer and each have a PC setup in the office. we want to remove the PC’s and have the users sign in via a VPN to the network to access a mapped drive to server data and their exchange email. What is the best solution/process to making this happen?
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Bryant Schaper earned 2000 total points
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I expect you will get a million answers, but I have always been in favor of hardware firewalls, do you have a budget in mind?  What is your router at the office?  You could go with a Cisco ASA/Router, and VPN client, or as you are familiar with Sophos, take a look their physical firewalls and Red devices.  They easy to setup.

Lastly and for completeness, without giving you a million vpn vendors, you could use the built in VPN on Microsoft Server, routing and remote access, and just forward the ports through the firewall.  My only turn off on this solution is it requires the server to be up, and if it is down and you are out, you cant remote in and fix.

Another option is to provide them with remote desktop access to a server to work on, assuming your software products allow it?

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ID: 41719532
I know it is a very broad question- I was thinking RRAS, wasnt sure on security of that. Sophos Red for each site might also be another workable idea though...those are pretty easy to setup. thoughts on Security of RRAS?
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by:Bryant Schaper
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security is fine, it is just a software solution and can be flaky on ocassion, but integrates with AD

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ID: 41719546
will that work ok with Exchange as well, running from the home office.
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by:Bryant Schaper
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It should, you will be tunneling the traffic to the inside servers for either everything or at least your local subnet.

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