i want to make new wan

can anybody please help me. i want to connect 2 different physical sites . one one site is 3 computer and one server. and on another site is 8 computer and one server on places is the small business server. what is the complete solution to make the WAN. so that every service including exchange mails can be shared. users can use their roaming profiles. please reply immediately

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We (as a group) really need more information – so I’ll start with some assumptions and questions.
1) Do both sites have High-Speed Internet access? By this, I mean DSL, Cable Modem, Satellite, T-1, Frame Relay, etc.

2) Do both sites have firewalls (As opposed to proxy servers) for the Internet access?

If the answer to both of these is “Yes”, then you should be able to set up a static VPN tunnel between the two.

Since I don’t know if you have those connections, and especially since you haven’t specified a brand of firewall, it’s difficult to be more specific.

Most brands of firewalls (NOT routers, which may ACT as a firewall, but still lack some of the features) like Sonic Wall, Cisco Pix, and others can be set up this way.

Please reply with more information, including the following:
* Type of Internet connection at each end, including speed
* Type of firewall/router/proxy at each end
* Geographical distance between the two points (miles)
* Working budget (approximately)


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  • Larrythethird
    I agree that a VPN connection would be the most cost effective. You could get a fractal T1 frame relay or point to point connection between the sites. It would cost a lot more but is secure. In this senario, the remote site would just be an extension of the main network.
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  • Imaginetsecurity
    I concur with the previous comments regarding the lack of details in your scenario. Specifics that help attain faster, more complete, and more accurate answers include the OS version (such as SBS 2000/2003 instead of SBS), and details of the connectivity between sites (like T1, Fractional T1, xDSL/Cable, and ISDN). You have provided that you have SBS (we have to assume this is the serverware on both servers) so I will suggest that your quickest means to WAN interconnectivity is already available with SBS. Run through the wizards for creating a VPN between them. You should not need to buy additional equipment or software. See http://www.microsoft.com/Resources/documentation/SBS/2000/all/reskit/en-us/sbrk0006.mspx for how this works with SBS 2000. The only problem I foresee is a lack of sufficient bandwidth between the sites when it comes to simultaneously transferring files, roaming profiles, and email over the VPN connection you establish. If things get sluggish, you are probably on too small a connection. Note: connectivity is bi-directional so you need to consider both sites if you increase (assuming disparate FracT1, xDSL/Cable, or ISDN are being used). If you increase only one side of the pipe then the traffic rate will still be at the slowest speed of the other side of the pipe.
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