In article <firstname.lastname@example.org>, email@example.com
> Hi there I have been asked to install a file server but the director of
> the company uses a laptop and works in the office and out the office.
> He has asked me to setup his laptop to be able to connect to network
> shares on the fileserver.
> This is our first server and we have window server 2008 R2 foundation
> So far I have configured the server as a domain controller and setup
> network shares and configured My documents re-direction using Group
> I was thinking the best way would be to setup a VPN so the laptop can
> connect to the internal network allowing the director to get to files.
> If this is the best way could someone please point me in the direction
> on how to set this up.
> If a VPN is not the best solution what else should I use?
> Thanks in Advance
A VPN would be slow and cause you no end to problems because they are
often of poor performance when it comes to residential or remote
Your best bet is to setup Remote Desktop to his own computer in the
office or to setup a terminal server - this means that all data stays
inside the company and his laptop doesn't even need to be joined to the
We normally setup DHCP reservations for specific computers where a
company doesn't buy a terminal server, then we use the firewall
appliance port mapping to map directly (via translation) to the users
So, we might map EXTERNAL IP:50101 to INTERNAL IP:3389, then the user
just opens remote desktop, types office.yourdomainname.com:50101 to
connect to their own computer.... you can do the same thing with other
computers, using 50102 to map to computer 2.....
Not all firewalls allow port redirection, you need a real firewall for
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