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Windows Messenger and VPNs

By Furio Giante ·
Let me first outline the scenario, then outline the suggested solution, to which you can hopefully provide me with the necessary insight to impliment this task.

I am 1:5 techs supporting a company migrating users to XP boxes. We are located 2500miles from the sites, so we are VPN'ing into the company's network for access to Remedy and email. The VPN is not a dedicated pipe, though if we go perm after the contract, a dedicated T1 will go in for our use. We are all able to connect to the VPNproperly after a bit of negotiation with the data security people here. However, we are unable to utilize Windows Messenger for person to person communications. We have attempted to use it directly through the Exchange server at the client network level, and when we are able to connect (sporadically at best), if we send off an IM, it crashes. We really need to be able to IM the onsite people and intra-office as well, so the .net passport version seems to be out, since the client can and will NOT use it (understandably because of security precaution).

So, here's where the all-knowing collective mind that is the forum, chimes in with opinions. How can we utilize Messenger to IM across the network, preferably using the functionality provided at the Exchange server? I will be happy to provide specific clarifications for any questions, so long as they do not violate the NDA =grin=. TIA!

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