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Ed Bott's Microsoft Challenge--March 23,

By ebott ·
I'm trying to figure out how to give a fleet of mobile users access to my small corporate network, and I need your help. Should I set up remote access via dial-up lines? Or is a VPN the safe, sane, cost-effective way to go? Are other options worth exploring? I'm prepared to spend whatever it takes?I just want to make sure my network is safe from intruders. I've got 1,000 TechPoints to spread around to those with the best advice.

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by joel In reply to Ed Bott's Microsoft Chall ...

I would go the VPN route using PPTP over the internet. That way anywhere your people are they should be ablet to access the web without long distance charges and can get to your network. You will need to make sure and use a firewall for security purposes but with a good one you can be pretty comfortable about being secure.

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by mjones In reply to Ed Bott's Microsoft Chall ...

How many in a 'fleet'?
How often do they need access? For how long?
Does your small corp network have a nice inet connection?
Where are you?
What equipment, if any, do you have now?

These questions and more need to be answered before you can start developing a good strategy.
For example, my office is located in the boonies, where comm lines cost FOUR times the amount of our other office, however, our 10mb inet connection is half the price of our other offices' 768kb frame.
We went with vpn, even though we only have half a dozen remote users, for several reasons.
1. 50% of our users have access to high speed networks when remote. Why throttle them with a dialup connection?
2. It didn't really cost us anything. We started with NTand PPTP, which was ok, then we procured new firewalls, which just happened to have an IPSec vpn option, which is *MUCH* easier and faster to work with.

We still maintain two lines into the network for redundancy, one at each site.

As a side note, our 120 person c

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by mahdeekus In reply to Ed Bott's Microsoft Chall ...

Cost appears to not be a factor and security appears to be your main concern. RAS with NT authentication is a far more secure option that VPN. RAS will be easier to administer in terms of individual user access via permissions and groups. If you have no desire for your mobile users to incur telephonic costs, you can setup toll-free RAS access.

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by leo.valmores In reply to Ed Bott's Microsoft Chall ...

I would go for RAS via dial-up lines. RAS could offer secure NT authentication and you can use CallBack feature so users wont have to pay toll fees. On the server side, it is easier to install and administer; besides the fact that you have also monitoring features. The bottom line is that you will have lesser headaches for remote users who are "touchy" and "expirementers" on their Setups for RAS rather than on VPN setups which is far more complicated.

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by csheltcomp In reply to Ed Bott's Microsoft Chall ...

If cost is the primary concern, just use vpn. VPN is still very secure for most users. WIN2K has the best vpn that is possible.Setup is easy and as long as you have a ststic ip to vpn into, the setup is very easy. This will also eliminate the use ofa second dialup if they already have internet access through an isp. Plus the connection is as fast as the isp connection. If you only have 28.8 modems in the dial up pool, but a 56k on the laptop, then vpn is the best way to go. You can also set upvery decent security policies through vpn.

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