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Hi guys.

I'm looking for a simple software VPN solution, Hamachi didn't work for me.

I just need to be able to install the client at a remote site that has Active Directory and I want to be able to install the software on another machine on a different location and be able to JOIN and LOGIN to the active directory accounts.

With Hamachi, I can create the VPN but I can't login as a user. It appears that Hamachi does not run as a service.
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Distinguished Expert 2018
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The routing and remote access server role within windows does this. No special software required. Just enable and configure the role (and other network devices) on a member server in the domain.

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can you point me to a how to?
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In Server Manager go to Manage / Add Roles and Features
Click Next 2x and scroll down to Remote Access

Select Remote Access / Direct Access and VPN
and Install it

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After that Run Routing and Remote Access from Server Manager / Tools

Fallow wizard
It's very simple. All you need to do is point server to DNC and DHCP server

After that VPN is working.

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Now all you have to do is create rules on your firewall to redirect VPN to your Server
Top Expert 2013
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Actually if you want to join the domain, and/or apply group policies you need a VPN solution that will connect before logon.  Windows will do this if using a RRAS VPN solution, and Cisco has an option as well.  Please see blog articles I wrote about joining a domain over a VPN, and how to connect to the VPN before logon.

Joining a domain (skip down to joining using a VPN client)
https://blog.lan-tech.ca/2012/07/25/how-to-join-a-windows-domain-using-a-vpn/

Connect to a VPN before logon:
https://blog.lan-tech.ca/2013/03/02/windows-8-connect-to-vpn-before-logon/
Tom CieslikIT Engineer
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@Rob
It's not quite sure.
To connect computer to VPN you can use different user credentials. For Example you can create user only for that purpose with no access to network share folders, right ?
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@Tom
Agreed, but if you want to join domain and/or apply group policy, it needs to be a domain account with which you are logging into laptop.  You could block folder access, but cannot block server access if you want to apply GP.  Perhaps I am not understanding correctly (senility is starting to settle in :-)  )
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Interesting App, I can see that would work.

Microsoft does have the ability to run any app as a service using Srvany and Instsrv, but it's a 'pain in the neck' to set up.
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/q137890/
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;Q152460
http://www.tacktech.com/display.cfm?ttid=197

Of course using Hamachi and CoreTech involve fees and having a man-in-the middle, Hamachi server.

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