I read through the thread and come back here to propose a different solution.
You will have to open your mind a little to see the value proposition it
offers, and if your internet connections are fast/big enough it may not matter.
But with the usual sort of internet connections we see, this sort of thing
is a real pain as the speeds are limited to the slowest, which is some fraction
of the slowest upload speed as some of the connection must be left over for
normal use in addition to the VPN.
So I suggest that you consider using that second box in the main office as
a Terminal Server (or Remote Desktop Server as it is called now). This has
several advantages. No data ever leaves the home office. No loading of
databases over the internet. No sloooowwwww opening of Word or Excel documents
over a narrow connection. Only screen refreshes and keystrokes pass over
OTOH, if you have fast, say FIOS or T3 connections, you might find it usable.
I still don't like opening most database apps over an internet connection
as Access and most accounting data is very susceptible to corruption if the
connections is lost, and with Access in particular you open the entire table
every time you do a query.
If CAD or the like is in the mix, those files get very large as well, but
you would most likely want to store them locally as Terminal Services is
not really a great place for CAD or Video Editing and the like.
Please post the resolution to your
issue so others may benefit
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Post by Daniel Jewel
Hello to all,
Since we have started with SBS a few years ago, we never really had the
need, nor the opportunity
to set up a remote office with the functionality as follows. So, I would be
very grateful if I can get detail the steps needed to accomplish the
SBS 2003 Premium R2, ISA Installed, 2 NICs and about 25 client PCs, Fixed IP
Server 2003 64bit R2 1 NIC and 32 client PCs, Dynamic IP (Using Dynamic DNS
Make server at remote office a DC and remote office users able to see and
use shares at head office as well as outlook, companyweb
How do we go about this?