RAS Server Setup

October 16, 2011 at 18:06:49
Specs: Windows Server 2003, Xeon 2.8 / 3GB
windows server 2003 R2 running as a DC/DNS/DHCP and trying to setup RAS. I know I need 2 NIC's and most examples show the server using the normal 192.168.1.0/24 network or the actual external ISP ip address on the RAS NIC and creating a separate network on the internal NIC say for example 192.168.2.0/24. Basically I am trying to keep everything on the same network to simplify things esp since the fios router already has the wifi built in. So basicallt I want my fios router to be 192.168.1.1, and the server to use 192.168.1.10 as internal IP and 192.168.1.11 as the RAS IP. Anyone have experience setting up this configuration using fios as the ISP. Will this work?

I understand you need to use their router for various reasons however I have on one occasion forced a different router to act as the primary router and to get the main external ip assigned to is and used the fios router on the inside. So i guess i could make my RAS NIC use the external IP if i HAVE to, i am just trying not to if I dont have to.


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October 17, 2011 at 08:02:48
Given your situation, why engage RRAS as all?

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October 17, 2011 at 09:30:08
Need a vpn solution. Is there a better way than rras? We will be using quickbooks over the vpn.

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October 17, 2011 at 10:07:58
Using a vpn client router is the usual recommendation. You load the client vpn software on the remote computer and then attach to the vpn router. After that you logon to the server and all is well.

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October 17, 2011 at 14:18:50
Thank you for your quick replies. Do you recommend any routers that allow a software VPN on the client side. Would the RV042 work well? I see it has a software VPN capability.

I cant just give up on the initial option though, so I have to get an answer on this. If I were to set up the server to handle the VPN, I guess I don't have any other option than putting the server between 2 networks right? One on the WAN side and one on the LAN side. Does anyone know if I need to give my servers "WAN" card a true public IP or could I give it the first routed network 192.168.1.0/24 and setting it as the DMZ, and then on the LAN side creating a different network 192.168.2.0/24 etc and putting all the local PC's on that second network. Would that configuration work or do i need to give the WAN side of my server the actual Verizon Fios Public IP.

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