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Hi I'm new to WANs and need to set up a remote office with 25pc's to connect to my Windows SBS 2003 server at head office. How do I go about it and what equipment do I need. Any help would be greatly appreciated
ASKED: November 9, 2005  8:21 AM
UPDATED: November 10, 2005  1:46 AM

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You don’t specify what country or region you’re in, but I’ll take the easiest approach to start with.

Assuming that you have an Internet connection at each location, get a couple of SonicWall security appliances (other brands work just fine also, I just prefer these), and set up a VPN tunnel between the locations.

In many cases, you can tie a new security appliance to create a VPN tunnel with existing equipment on your headquarters end.

The key requirement will generally be fixed IP addresses on both ends, but it can be done (depending on make and model of equipment) with only a fixed IP address on the headquarter’s end. But this latter choice would require the remote site to always initiate the tunnel, since its IP would not be constant.

Bob

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  • Rids65
    Thanks for your help Bob Do i just set up one VPN connection and all 25PC's share it?. They need to authenticate and access Goldmine (Contacts management Database) on the remote server Will a VPN be good enough or should i set up a dedicated leased line.? I'm in London by the way! Thanks
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  • Bobkberg
    First off - I'm absolutely ignorant about Internet connections in London. However - if you get a VPN tunnel working (which isn't terribly hard), then it should be sufficient if most of the network traffic stays local. The traffic that would cross the VPN tunnel should be limited to things like: - Authentication - Internal Email - Internal File Shares - The occasional remote print job If you have a backup domain controller (BDC) then you can drop Authentication off the list and add A/D replication, and also some routing stuff. But - unless there's a serious need for site-to-site data transfer (like a central database), you should be fine. As the saying goes YMMV (Your mileage may vary). Bob
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