Remote Desktop & VPN

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In the very near future I will need to have remote desktop access to a windows 2003 server that will be a domain controller for a client of mine. The server will be behind a router of some sorts (cisco 800 or 1800 series). I will be behind a home based linksys wrt54g router.

I've never had to use remote desktop or vpn tools. Can someone point in the direction of what I will need to do to configure this connection on both sides.I've been doing alot of reading, the remoted desktop part seems pretty straight foward but then it says you need a VPN connection to make it happen. How do I know what the vpn connection is or should be. Is the VPN connection determined by either ISP? Router brands on both sides? I'm lost?

Some particulars:

Businesses ISP: DeltaCom (T1 Integrated Line)
Businesses Router: Cisco 800 or 1800 series)
My ISP: Time Warner Cable Roadrunner
My Router: Linksys WRT54G


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Port Forward or VPN

by rl_shaider In reply to Remote Desktop & VPN

You could simply do a Port Forwarding on the Cisco routers, to forward port tcp-3389(Remote Desktop Port) to your server's internal IP.
*if you do that I'd suggest changing the PUBLIC port to something else so hackers will have a harder time realising it's a remote desktop connection.(example: public port 3000 and private port 3389). If you do that, connections who address the router's external IP with port 3000 will be directed to the server with port 3389.

The more secure way (but longer to accomplish) is to enable VPN Client to Site on the Cisco router.
This will mean you will, virtualy, be inside your client's network and could connect to that server or any other station in basicaly any port if needed.
There is more then 1 way of doing that, you can make the Cisco a PPTP server or you could enable VPN on it for Cisco Clients to be able to connect to it ...
You could even create a Site to Site VPN connection between the Cisco router and the router on your side (if he support it!), but this would obviously be Alot more complicated and most probably not needed for this case.

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