VPN Solution

Discussion in 'Cisco Small Business Routers and VPN Solutions' started by tay829, Aug 1, 2006.

  1. tay829

    tay829 LI Guru Member

    I am in need of a decent VPN solution. Site A two workstations and a Server and Site B two workstations and Workstations running XP Pro and the server is Server SBE.

    I need access to site A from site B to run an application on the server at site A. I am looking at the RV082, but is there anything special I need to get this setup completed? Can I just use one VPN router and a standard for Site B, since I do not need to access it? Since we are using Small Business Server, Term Serv is not an option. I need to be able to access the server at anytime without anyone at site A having to go over to the server and allowing access.

    Thank you in advance.
  2. TazUk

    TazUk Network Guru Member

    To create a site-to-site VPN tunnel you'd need a VPN router at both ends ;)
  3. tay829

    tay829 LI Guru Member

    Can we get away with a more economical solution? Other models?
  4. t4thfavor

    t4thfavor Network Guru Member

    2 wrt54g's with dd-wrt vpn build will work. But im not sure if thats the route you want to go.

    Doesnt SBS have RRAS (The capability to vpn)
  5. TazUk

    TazUk Network Guru Member

    I'd use 2 x WRV54G's with the latest firmware but then other people seem to have problems with them, mine have always worked fine :innocent:
  6. jgutz20

    jgutz20 Network Guru Member

    yes SBS does have RAS, which you could setup at one of the sites, then have this VPN router create a tunnel to this SBS Server to keep the channel ot the 2nd site open all the time. All you have to do is forward 1723 (im assuming you setup PPTP) to the SBS server on the site without the new router. If this server is not stable keep in mind you will be S.O.L so 2 of these RV routers would be a good decision
  7. YeOldeStonecat

    YeOldeStonecat Network Guru Member

    SBS is one of my favorite packages...I install and support a lot of them.

    I'm a firm believer in doing hardware "site to site VPN" connections...and have used the RV092/016 a lot lately...I love them. I do prefer this over using built in VPN from the server. Better performance IMO, one less heavy service for the server to run.

    However...I do see you mention "access to site A from site B to run an application on the server at site A".

    ...running an application through a VPN tunnel isn't a ball of fire...often the bandwidth is too thin...may not run...and prone to currupting the database. I encourage the use of IP based Remote Desktop on XPpro hosts, or Remote Workplace..depending on what files you're trying to get. Or if you have a larger satellite office...add a terminal server to site A to run this app. The remote desktop clients run great through the secure full time VPN tunnel.
  8. tay829

    tay829 LI Guru Member

    Adding a terminal server is not an option, I wish it was, but money wise it just isn't.
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