The small office end of the internet link is a simple peer-to-peer workgroup
with a Linksys hub (switch) linked to a Qwest DSL router/modem. The home
end is a Linksys Wired/Wireless router where the main computer is wired
(Ethernet) to the router and about 5 or 6 laptops and an old desktop are
using the wireless connection. Both internet service providers assign
dynamic IP addresses, so we use No-IP in order to have a static domain name
for one computer on each end of the internet connection. In both cases the
routers pass calls to port 3389 through to the two computers running Windows
Vista Ultimate and the computer firewalls are configured to allow calls to
that port also. This configuration works great with Remote Desktop over the
internet, except for file transfers that are dirt slow. Still trying to
figure out what the problem is with the slow file transfers? We can
download a 100MB plus file in several minutes off the internet, yet it
almost requires a plunger to force a 1MB file through the Remote Desktop
On the other hand, we'd love to learn how to set up a secured VPN Tunnel
over the internet between these two locations. However, we have not had the
time to explore this fully explore this possibility. We have a lot to learn
about VPNs, domains, and trusted domains versus workgroups and simple
internet access. As you can tell, we are a little discouraged with the
Remote Assistance connectivity issue, especially since we already had Remote
Desktop up and running and thought that setting up RA would be a small
incremental task. Ironically, Microsoft makes Remote Assistance sound so
easy . . . just issue an offer over the internet and the other party simply
Do you think a VPN would help? If so, are you aware of any good 'How-to'
articles on setting up a VPN tunnel between the two computers as configured
above? I do like the appeal of an encrypted private connection, but am
wondering whether it will slow down or speed up communication and files
transfers between the two computers?
I apologize for the unending cascade of questions, but getting advice from
someone who has successfully perfomed a task is often worth a dozen
knowledgebase or how-to articles.
"Sooner Al [MVP]" <SoonerAl@xxxxxx> wrote in message
> "Blue Max" <mailrichard@xxxxxx> wrote in message
> Are you in a domain environment or a workgroup environment? I presume your
>> Just a follow-up to my last reply. I have read the articles you
>> recommended and they are the same ones we used in resolving an XP
>> problem. However, enabling the RA Offer settings in Vista did some funny
>> things, like locked our expiration options so they could not be changed.
>> In fact, I think it may have even been you that directed us to 'disable'
>> or 'not configure' these items in order to restore the expiration
>> options. Anyway, you got it to work between your Vista computers and we
>> hope to do the same. We still think it may relate back to having the
>> proper groups available with permissions for the proper users.
>> "Sooner Al [MVP]" <SoonerAl@xxxxxx> wrote in message
>>> "Blue Max" <mailrichard@xxxxxx> wrote in message
>>>> Hello Sooner,
>>>>> I don't see the option to lengthen the expiration time when I create
>>>>> an invitation file on my Vista machines so I guess that means that
>>>>> option has been removed for whatever reason. The means the expiration
>>>>> time you set in the configuration window or via a group policy or via
>>>>> registry setting will apply to all invitations. Its no longer on an
>>>>> invitation by invitation basis...
>>>> What a pity! It seems that in many ways XP was better thought-out than
>>>> Vista. It seemed so logical that the user might want to issue an
>>>> invitation to certain individuals that would have a quick expiration
>>>> (one-time help from a specific tech) and to other individuals with a
>>>> long-term expiration (such as a good computer-saavy friend). This
>>>> issue also raises other expiration questions like, does lowering the
>>>> expiration time delete prior invitations we expected to keep long-term?
>>>> or do short-term invitations receive an extension when the expiration
>>>> period is raised? and so on.
>>> You would have to test that. I never have nor have I even thought of
>>> those issues quite frankly...
>>> One thing you might look into is using the Remote Assistance (RA)
>>> "offer" functionality. I do know that works between Vista
>>> Ultimate-to-Vista Ultimate machines in a workgroup environment, ie. like
>>> my small two Vista home network, and should work natively in a domain
>>> environment. I had to enable both the "Solicited" and "Offer" group
>>> policies to get this to work. I could directly address the RA offer by
>>> IP (or NetBIOS name) over my local LAN or through a PPTP VPN tunnel. The
>>> latter is nice if the expert had to VPN into a remote site to provide
>>> These articles, written for XP, are still pertinent for the most part...
>>> I presume this would work with Vista Business or Enterprise editions if
>>> used in a workgroup environment also but I have no way of testing this.
>>> Al Jarvi (MS-MVP Windows Networking)
>>> Please post *ALL* questions and replies to the news group for the
>>> mutual benefit of all of us...
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> an administrator or a user with admin privileges.
> Your right in that setting those group policies negates the user from
> setting the time limit. Its an either or situation.
> By the way, I have never tried to offer over the public internet other
> than through a VPN tunnel, ie. I VPN into a network then offer the novice
> user (on that network) help via RA.
> Al Jarvi (MS-MVP Windows Networking)
> Please post *ALL* questions and replies to the news group for the
> mutual benefit of all of us...
> The MS-MVP Program - http://mvp.support.microsoft.com
> This posting is provided "AS IS" with no warranties, and confers no
> How to ask a question