Remote Access or Branch Office Solution Needed

Discussion in 'Cisco' started by melickas, Jun 27, 2006.

  1. melickas

    melickas Guest

    We are looking for the best recommendation for the following situation
    for sharing files on our server across a WAN. In Building A (call it
    BA), our server is Windows 2003 Standard Edition and it has (1) network

    card with (3) XP client computers and is a DC. We access the Internet
    via a cable connection. We do not currently have a Static IP address
    from our ISP. We have text documents & a database file for a program we

    use on the clients located on this server. We want to access these
    documents and database file from Building B (call it BB) which is (2-3)

    blocks away from BA and has (3) XP workstations, without a server,
    currently sharing a cable Internet connection The workstations in BB
    run the same programs (software is installed locally) as those in BA,
    but need access to the database file and documents in BA.

    We are familiar with setting up VPNs using SBS2000 and remotely
    accessing workstations on a network using RDC. However, there may be
    occasion where users in BA will be using their computers and we would
    not want to permit a RDC to those PCs just in order run the approriate
    software or open shared documents.

    What hardware,setup would be required in BA and BB to configure this
    remote/WAN access?
    What are the latest,greatest technology options to accomplish this?

    We are assuming a Static IP in BA, adding another NIC (to isolate
    internal network from external) and new router with VPN support are

    Question: Would it be necessary for both sites to have a Static IP?
    Any recommendations on reading about Branch office setups?

    Thank you!
    melickas, Jun 27, 2006
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  3. melickas

    Merv Guest

    Sounds like something a couple of Cisco Linksys VPN routers could handle
    Merv, Jun 27, 2006
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  5. melickas

    melickas Guest

    Thanks for the reply.
    Does this mean that workers at the "branch office" would be added to
    the domain, and login as if they were in the same building? Meaning
    they would not use Remote Desktop?
    Does a VPN require Static IP from ISP for both locations or just one?

    Would you recommend a second NIC on the server?

    melickas, Jun 28, 2006
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  7. melickas

    melickas Guest

    Thank you for the reply..however just looking for a simple answer from
    someone on what "interface" we would be using to connect to the main
    building--that is, what would it be like...would it be just like you
    were on a "regular" network and would not have to use RDC?
    melickas, Jun 29, 2006
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