Internet Shared through server

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March 29, 2010 at 14:32:34
Specs: Windows XP, Q6600/4.00 GB PC8500
I am having a problem that I have been having for a long time already. I need VPN to work, none of the household routers I have work with VPN, they allow VPN passthrough, but have significant issues, such as connection keeps dropping the minuite I connect and stuff.

I decided to not use the router and connect the internet directly to one of my servers with VPN on and share the connection from there, also do port forwarding via the Routing adn Remote Access.

What are the risks of not having a firewall behind the server? Right now, my internet is connected directly to the server and I have had not one security issue lately. I know a lot of home users connect their home computers directly to the internet with no router behind it, so I don't understand why I need a router for my network. Instead of setting up another computer just to be a router, can't I just install something like Symantec Personal Firewall or something on my server rather than use a router?

Right now, my connection works perfectly without the router, but many people said that its not secure to do it like this, I personally don't understand why especially when I had not one security issue.

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March 29, 2010 at 15:05:18
If I were you, I would setup a dns on your network if you haven't allready, also install the role for DHCP on the server again if you haven't already, im asuming you already did the DHCP if you whole setup works.

After you have done that set up the modem to hook up to one NIC on your server. Then use the other port to connect to your router. (make sure you disable the DHCP on the router also) This will allow your server to do all of the Connections through the internet.

Under the network connections create a new connection, and choose advanced connection, then selet accept incoming connections, and since you want vpn's make sure you choose that to, set the user permissions, then on the networking software, make sure everything is checked. Then finish the connection.

When this is done you should beable to properly vpn into your network, make sure you turn your firewall on and set it to accept VPN connections.

As far as that set up with not having a physical firewall it is a bit risky, but you should be fine.

As far is your internal network, the connections should automatically pick up from the DHCP from the server. Just make sure you have everything configured right.

If you got any questions e-mail [email address removed to protect the innocent]

Be glad to walk to though any steps that you might need.

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March 29, 2010 at 15:54:38
posting internet email addresses indicates a lack of internet security understanding.

without a firewall router you wouldn't even know if you had a security issue. That is how good the hackers are these days. You get email spam like the rest of us? Guess where it comes from? Servers just like yours... in the millions to choose from. These folks have no clue their server was compromised.

"I don't understand why I need a router for my network"

Let me ask you a question: how important is your data? Do you do any shopping online using a credit card? Online banking? Running Quickbooks?

All of the above and more are a target with the objective to steal from you. How well you want to be protected will answer your question of do you need a router/firewall

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April 1, 2010 at 19:03:01
ddennis002, I am currently running Active Directory and my terminal server is doing the Routing and Remote Desktop.

and wanderer, I understand what you mean, but I don't see a reason why I am still unprotected from the internet, especially when routing and remote desktop is blocking all the ports, except for what I tell it to unblock, such as Remote Desktop, VPN Conncetions and such.

Is it possible that you can test to see if my network is unsecure or not? Don't compromise anything, but I just want to see if it is unsecure:

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April 1, 2010 at 21:45:03
I am not even in the league of hackers. I am just telling you from experience how to protect yourself. Even with the best of protections I still believe we are all still vunerable.

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April 3, 2010 at 13:53:24
Sure wat is ur IP address on ur modem? I'll scan ur ports and see what I find and let you know

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April 5, 2010 at 10:54:15
Okay apparently, my damn link didn't work. SkyDrive seems to not work properlly like it should, lol.

Here is my site:

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