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  1. helixcs

    helixcs Thread Starter

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    I have one office with a 2K3 small business server, 9 nodes and getting broadband
    via router with built in firewall.

    Another branch office is opening soon, that will have a 8 more nodes (computer) and
    again this office will have its own ADSL connection via a router.


    I want to have it so, users in the new office van VPN on to the 2K3 small business server and operate as if they were sitting in the main office.

    What is the best setup/good piece of kit to use for this purpose?

    I take it I will need a VPN router and some VPN client software on the PC’s?

    Can anyone recommend me some products?


    Thanks for any help and assistance.

    PS:- I am quite new to VPN, but know about OWA and OWW


    EN4
     
  2. StumpedTechy

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    If you want the entire office to act as though its one big LAN then really all you need is VPN routers on both sides to create a VPN connection. Then anything on the new site will be an "offshoot" of your existing LAN and you can frely share resources between the 2.

    Just remember if the connection drops and you have it as a domain type setting Site 2 may have problems if they don't have their own server.
     
  3. helixcs

    helixcs Thread Starter

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    Cheers for that StumpedT

    With x2 VPN routers on either side, i won't need any client VPN software running on the clienst for them to connect?
    or

    Is it just an always on connection between either site ?
     
  4. StumpedTechy

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    Depends on the hardware you get (if your doing it hardware based and not server based). THeres whats called an always on connection and another on demand connection. I perfer always on to on demand myself.
     
  5. jiml8

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    The whole point of the VPN router is to take the functionality of the tunnel off of the client computers. The VPN routers should handle the whole thing for you.
     
  6. StumpedTechy

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    The only client VPN software you may require would be any software on laptops.

    laptops outside of the 2 offices that need to connect in that is.
     
  7. helixcs

    helixcs Thread Starter

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    Cheers guys
     
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