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11-26-2000, 08:49 PM
I am doing a school project where the system requires 60 laptops with MS-OFFICE installed to be able to connect to a main server remotely from anywhere in the province. I dont' know where to begin or what software to use. Security is a major issue. If anyone has any ideas, I'd appreciate it. Thanks

11-26-2000, 11:54 PM
This is not my field of expertise but i would suggest settings up NT Workstation as the OS and using RAS to connect to the Server. It is secure enough I assume. As for how exactly to do this i will let someone else answer. Later...

Chad Wilson
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11-30-2000, 01:45 PM
There are alot of 3rd party VPN programs that would allow you to connect over the Internet to a remote server.

However for a school project I would choose to use NT's built in RRAS and VPN functionality.

For easy of use I would use Windows2000 pro for the users and Windows 2000 server for,what else, the server.

Post back what OS you want to use and I'll point you to some documents that explain how to set it up.

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12-01-2000, 12:26 AM
Thank everybody for their help. I will be using Windows NT because of the RAS. I appreciate any good websites with info in how to use it.

Paleo Pete
12-01-2000, 06:57 AM
This is for a school? I bet the library has books!! If not the local public library does, and bookstores. Websites are fine, but to get enough info to really know NT you'd have to search out dozens of sites and get a bit here and a bit there...

Soon as I come up with all the answers...they change the questions!!

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12-01-2000, 11:18 AM
Pete's right I would pick up at least 2 books. One for NT workstation and one for NT server. Stay away from books that help you to pass the test. ( They leave out a lot of the details). Trying to learn this stuff via web resources only is next to impossible.

Having said that, here are some Microsoft KB articles to get you started.


Most KB articles are written to solve problems not as "how tos" but those 3 can help you.

Also I would setup the clients workstations to dial-in to the server. This is easier then trying to use a VPN "tunnel" thur the internet.

The only web site I would recommend is : http://www.winntmag.com/Articles/Index.cfm?Action=Topic
(You'll be locked out of some stuff. But you can go thur the list of topics to find the "guest access" articles.)

This link will take you to where you can download the RRAS software needed for the NT server: http://www.microsoft.com/ntserver/nts/downloads/winfeatures/rras/rrasdown.asp

Last but not least. If your serious about learning this stuff. I would recommend you pick up the resource kit for both server and workstation. There not cheap ( you may be able to get them at your school's libary) but they have LOADS of information on everthing you need to run and deploy NT.

Of course you can always post here if you run into any nagging problems or questions.

Good luck http://www.PCGuide.com/ubb/smile.gif

[This message has been edited by scada (edited 12-01-2000).]

12-21-2000, 02:47 PM
I'd have to agree, the simpest yet effective way to go would be to use either Win NT or Win 2000 on the server, and NT workstation or 2000 professional on the laptops. VPN is a must if security is a major issue, but I would also look into the security issues related to Windows's RAS functions. http://www.PCGuide.com/ubb/smile.gif You might want to consider a 3rd party proxy program and perhaps a firewall system. Just some quick thought from the top of my head.

Paleo Pete
12-22-2000, 06:26 AM
Good tips guys/gals.

Scada has a very good tip about the NT Resource kit, it's loaded with good info, and practically a must for the inexperienced. Unfortunately I had to pass up an older copy a few weeks ago at a resale shop for about $5, about 8 books, in the original boxes! Hadn't got my meager paycheck yet for the little bit of work I manage to get without wheels, so I didn't have the $5 or so to grab it. I think it was for NT 4.0, may have been 3.5...

If you can get it, do so, it will save you lots of grief. Also you can check around, tons of books are out there of the "How To" variety, I scour the resale shops around here every time I get the chance, garage sales and flea markets might be worth a look to.

If you plan to use 2000, they won't be available, you'll have to go retail, and as scada said, they are expensive. And of course the user's manuals are always useful, but don't come close to the resource kit.

You can also search the Microsoft Knowledge Database (http://search.microsoft.com/us/SearchMS25.asp) for NT Resource Kit and get lots of hits, including many common errors concerning installations, version conflicts, etc. I came up with 100 hits...

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