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VPN or Intranet

By wolfman_20601 ·
I have recently been contracted to a compnay that has asked me to setup an office interconnect as cheaply as possible( eg without servers if possible). How do i go about setting up an intranet with two offices about 3 hours drive time apart???

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by wolfman_20601 In reply to

will the VPN tunnel allow addition of future offices??Poster rated this answer.
please repost your answer so that i can give you credit

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by CG IT In reply to VPN or Intranet

well adding other offices into an existing 1 tunnel router VPN Endpoint complicates the network. Most consumer level routers won't allow more than 1 tunnel at a time. If the company expands to have 3 offices it probably has enough $$ to invest in servers [they are not that expensive]and use W2K or W2003 server remote access at each site. SOHO servers don't need to be top of the line $2k to $3k servers. Especially with 6 to 8 clients per office. A company thats SOHO with 3 offices each having maybe 8 computers of less, you get the Windows 2003 server + 5 CAL [add another 5 cal license pack] basic edition that includes RRAS server. The box, heck grab a AMD XP 2400 processor, 512 or 768 MB 2100 DDR memory, 2 40 GB drives, a mainboard with Promise RAID controller . All new equipment with mfg warranty prolly cost around $600 per box. I'd get the Antec SX1040 SOHO case [or the Chieftec equivilent].

So for $1200.00 build your own servers plus W2003 basic edition 3 license and 15 or 25 CAL [prolly get 25 CAL note: comes with 5 CAL per licensed copy], and add in some 10/100 8 port switches, you got yourself a domain network with room to grow plus the add on maintenance/admin contract. you could also go the Small Business Server route platinum edition which includes Exchange server for their own email and ISA server at the HQ site and RRAS for remote office sites [though note SBS doesn't allow trusts between domains]. SBS 2003 Platinum single license is $1500 USD.

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by CG IT In reply to

note: top of the line $2 to $3k servers my definition are box not rackmount servers brand name like HP Prolineant box servers. base for them is like $1800 and by the time the sales rep gets done with you, the cost grows to $2500 to $3000.

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