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VPN in Windows 7 Professional

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  • I own a small business.  We just replaced our entire XP-based network with new computers running Windows 7 Professional.  My new computer at home also runs Windows 7 Professional.  I simply want to find step-by-step directions on how to set up the office network and the new home computer to enable me to work from home.  I don't need DirectAccess; a VPN will work just fine.  I have a static IP address.  I've followed all of the directions on visibility of computers and opening Port 1723.  I'm obviously missing something.  Please help.
    Saturday, December 05, 2009 12:16 AM

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  • Hi,

     

    I would like to share the following for your reference:

     

    Remote Access Step-by-Step Guide: Deploying Remote Access with VPN Reconnect

     

    Hope this helps. Thanks.


    Nicholas Li - MSFT
    Friday, December 11, 2009 10:56 AM
    Moderator
  • I own a small business.  We just replaced our entire XP-based network with new computers running Windows 7 Professional.  My new computer at home also runs Windows 7 Professional.  I simply want to find step-by-step directions on how to set up the office network and the new home computer to enable me to work from home.  I don't need DirectAccess; a VPN will work just fine.  I have a static IP address.  I've followed all of the directions on visibility of computers and opening Port 1723.  I'm obviously missing something.  Please help.

    Here is my small page for setting up a PPTP VPN server on a Vista machine. Its pretty close to Windows 7. Note the first part though will be Change adapter settings versus Manage network connections in Vista.

    http://theillustratednetwork.mvps.org/Vista/PPTP/PPTPVPN.html

    Another alternative may be Secure Shell [SSH] and running Remote Desktop [RDC] through the SSH tunnel. One advantage of SSH over PPTP VPN is strong authentication using private/public key pairs protected by a strong password versus password only authentication. You can access shared files/folders, using a SFTP client, on the SSH server or use RDC to remotely access/control Win 7 Pro machines on the internal LAN.

    http://theillustratednetwork.mvps.org/Ssh/SSH-HomeUser.html

    http://theillustratednetwork.mvps.org/Ssh/SecureShell.html

    For a small business running a Windows Home Server may also be an option. Remote access to shared files/folders on the server is by a SSL encrypted data link. You can also use the Remote Desktop proxy in WHS to use RDC to connect and remotely access/control any of your Windows 7 Pro computers. Remote file access and RDC (via the proxy) are via a web based interface which means you can access the WHS from any PC anywhere.

    As long as you don't have more than 10 computers on your network, excluding the WHS, your good to go. More than that you really need to look at a true server class OS like Windows Server 2008/SBS. FWIW WHS is very easy to setup and use. You can either purchase a WHS from vendors like HP for example or, like I did, build one out of an excess desktop PC I had available.

    WHS also features automatic daily backups of all of your machines which is a really nice feature IMHO.

    http://www.microsoft.com/windows/products/winfamily/windowshomeserver/default.mspx
    MS-MVP Windows Desktop Experience, "When all else fails, read the instructions"
    Friday, December 11, 2009 11:32 AM

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  • I meant to be asking for the name of a book or a website or some other resource with directions.
    Saturday, December 05, 2009 5:29 AM
  • Hi,

     

    I would like to share the following for your reference:

     

    Remote Access Step-by-Step Guide: Deploying Remote Access with VPN Reconnect

     

    Hope this helps. Thanks.


    Nicholas Li - MSFT
    Friday, December 11, 2009 10:56 AM
    Moderator
  • I own a small business.  We just replaced our entire XP-based network with new computers running Windows 7 Professional.  My new computer at home also runs Windows 7 Professional.  I simply want to find step-by-step directions on how to set up the office network and the new home computer to enable me to work from home.  I don't need DirectAccess; a VPN will work just fine.  I have a static IP address.  I've followed all of the directions on visibility of computers and opening Port 1723.  I'm obviously missing something.  Please help.

    Here is my small page for setting up a PPTP VPN server on a Vista machine. Its pretty close to Windows 7. Note the first part though will be Change adapter settings versus Manage network connections in Vista.

    http://theillustratednetwork.mvps.org/Vista/PPTP/PPTPVPN.html

    Another alternative may be Secure Shell [SSH] and running Remote Desktop [RDC] through the SSH tunnel. One advantage of SSH over PPTP VPN is strong authentication using private/public key pairs protected by a strong password versus password only authentication. You can access shared files/folders, using a SFTP client, on the SSH server or use RDC to remotely access/control Win 7 Pro machines on the internal LAN.

    http://theillustratednetwork.mvps.org/Ssh/SSH-HomeUser.html

    http://theillustratednetwork.mvps.org/Ssh/SecureShell.html

    For a small business running a Windows Home Server may also be an option. Remote access to shared files/folders on the server is by a SSL encrypted data link. You can also use the Remote Desktop proxy in WHS to use RDC to connect and remotely access/control any of your Windows 7 Pro computers. Remote file access and RDC (via the proxy) are via a web based interface which means you can access the WHS from any PC anywhere.

    As long as you don't have more than 10 computers on your network, excluding the WHS, your good to go. More than that you really need to look at a true server class OS like Windows Server 2008/SBS. FWIW WHS is very easy to setup and use. You can either purchase a WHS from vendors like HP for example or, like I did, build one out of an excess desktop PC I had available.

    WHS also features automatic daily backups of all of your machines which is a really nice feature IMHO.

    http://www.microsoft.com/windows/products/winfamily/windowshomeserver/default.mspx
    MS-MVP Windows Desktop Experience, "When all else fails, read the instructions"
    Friday, December 11, 2009 11:32 AM