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  • I have a home office that uses VPN over a cable connection. I have a server box that I brought home to set up a branch office. I has a Windows 2003 OS that is set up with virtual server 2005 hosting a domain controller and 2 other virtual windows 2003 servers. I have internet access on the server and would like to use it to set up a branch office. My cable service uses DHCP to assign IP addresses and I'm not sure how workable this will be. Has anyone set up a branch office using cable service? Should I set up ISA 2006 on the branch office and work through the BO setup between 2 ISA? Any advice and reference documentation would be appreciated.
    Dan Slaby
    Thursday, October 20, 2011 11:21 AM

Answers

  • Hi Dan,

     

    Thanks for posting here.

     

    After reading you post I understand that we are having some VMs that hosted by a Windows Server 2003 with using Virtual Server 2005 at home and want to make it to communicate with remote main network by going through a VPN tunnel . If misunderstand please let me know.

     

    First all we should have an internet routable address and create a site to site with remote main network by using Windows built-in RRAS or ISA server , the topology is basically like below:

     

    VMs----(Branch Office networking)----RRAS/ISA----(Internet)---- RRAS/ISA----(Main office networking)----hosts

     

    Here is an example on how to set site to site VPN connection between for reference:

     

    http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc758271(WS.10).aspx

     

    Meanwhile, we should also carefully if want to virtualize a domain controller, epically the virtual network settings and time settings.

    Here are some suggestions in the articles below that discussed these scenario for reference :

     

    http://blogs.technet.com/b/janelewis/archive/2008/04/02/recommendations-for-running-a-domain-controller-virtualized-environment-using-virtual-server.aspx

     

    http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/virtual_active_directory_domain_controller_virtualization_hyperv(WS.10).aspx

     

    Regards,

     

    Tiger Li

     

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    Friday, October 21, 2011 9:35 AM
  • Hi Dan,

     

    Thanks for update.

     

    Yes, fixed address is the best choice .However we know some ISP refuse to provide fixed address for their clients. In this case a workaround is we may use some third party internet domain dynamic registration services , service will automatically detect the current internet address of our site and update this address to an internet domain , connecting to this domain will help to locate the remote site easily.

     

    Regards,

     

    Tiger Li

     

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    Tuesday, October 25, 2011 1:42 AM

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  • Hi Dan,

     

    Thanks for posting here.

     

    After reading you post I understand that we are having some VMs that hosted by a Windows Server 2003 with using Virtual Server 2005 at home and want to make it to communicate with remote main network by going through a VPN tunnel . If misunderstand please let me know.

     

    First all we should have an internet routable address and create a site to site with remote main network by using Windows built-in RRAS or ISA server , the topology is basically like below:

     

    VMs----(Branch Office networking)----RRAS/ISA----(Internet)---- RRAS/ISA----(Main office networking)----hosts

     

    Here is an example on how to set site to site VPN connection between for reference:

     

    http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc758271(WS.10).aspx

     

    Meanwhile, we should also carefully if want to virtualize a domain controller, epically the virtual network settings and time settings.

    Here are some suggestions in the articles below that discussed these scenario for reference :

     

    http://blogs.technet.com/b/janelewis/archive/2008/04/02/recommendations-for-running-a-domain-controller-virtualized-environment-using-virtual-server.aspx

     

    http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/virtual_active_directory_domain_controller_virtualization_hyperv(WS.10).aspx

     

    Regards,

     

    Tiger Li

     

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    Friday, October 21, 2011 9:35 AM
  • Hi Dan,

    If there is any update on this issue, please feel free to let us know.

    Regards,

    Tiger Li

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    Monday, October 24, 2011 11:22 AM
  • Comcast cable uses DHCP to assign addresses to their router. My problem is getting around the DHCP IP. Will I need to get a fixed IP address from Comcast?
    Dan Slaby
    Monday, October 24, 2011 4:11 PM
  • Hi Dan,

     

    Thanks for update.

     

    Yes, fixed address is the best choice .However we know some ISP refuse to provide fixed address for their clients. In this case a workaround is we may use some third party internet domain dynamic registration services , service will automatically detect the current internet address of our site and update this address to an internet domain , connecting to this domain will help to locate the remote site easily.

     

    Regards,

     

    Tiger Li

     

    TechNet Subscriber Support in forum

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    Please remember to click “Mark as Answer” on the post that helps you, and to click “Unmark as Answer” if a marked post does not actually answer your question. This can be beneficial to other community members reading the thread.
    Tuesday, October 25, 2011 1:42 AM