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Best choice for remote users?

By shadowphoenix ·
I'm looking for the best way to allow 5-10 users to access a DOS based program on my NT 4.0 server. I've heard some people say terminal server, others say VPN. I'd love to know what some others think.

I tried a VPN a while ago but for some reason couldn't ping the server I was authenticating the VPN on (my tech friend said he couldn't understand why that would happen.)

Unfortunatly my knowledge at networking stops on the Lan side.

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by CG IT In reply to Best choice for remote us ...

well with VPN the remote access server has to provide the VPN user with a LAN IP address for VPN users to have access to network resources. Usually, network admins use DHCP and reserve a pool of address specifically for VPN users. The WAN miniports in RRAS are then assigned the IPs and VPN users connect via the WAN miniports [with LAN addresses] and have access to LAN resources.

Windows Terminal Services is expensive because Terminal Services has it's own CALs. If you have the $$ for that, then I'd say use it to migrate to W2003 Server.

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by shadowphoenix In reply to Best choice for remote us ...

In response to Answer #1: I've tried the vpn setup, but after I connect to it via WinXP Pro, I cannot access anything on the network. I cannot even ping the server that authenticated the VPN, only the router (SoHo Linksys.)

As for the terminal server on W2k3, I just looked into the pricing and I now doubt my boss would want to invest into it at this point.

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by akalinowski In reply to Best choice for remote us ...

do you have a software firewall on the nt4 server?
do you have port 1723 open and port forwarded to your server?

does your remote get an ip addy?

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by shadowphoenix In reply to Best choice for remote us ...

The port is open, pp2p tunneling is allowed on the router. There are no software firewalls installed. And the remote is getting an ip.

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