[windows2000] Re: VPN to my server

  • From: "Rob Combis" <rcombis@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <windows2000@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 13 Nov 2002 14:27:54 -0500

I have a few servers with a hosting company and here is what I do.  I =
have them open the terminal services port (through their firewall) to =
the hosted server(s) allowed ONLY from my external ip address.  So only =
a TS connection from your network will be allowed through the firewall.  =
TS is encrypted in itself and you can adjust these settings through the =
TS configuration.  The port is 3389.

-----Original Message-----
From: Costanzo, Ray [mailto:rcostanzo@xxxxxxxxxxx]
Sent: Wednesday, November 13, 2002 2:05 PM
To: windows2000@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [windows2000] VPN to my server

Hi list,

So, the answer to my question could be "ask your hosting company" but
I'd like to try to know a thing or two before I do that.  I just bought
a dedicated W2K Advanced Server to host a web site.  The hosting company
is primarily a Unix company, and they offer very little W2K support.  I
told them that would be okay as long as I have Terminal Services access
to the server over a VPN.  They're fine with that, and they said they'd
set it up.

Okay, so right now, they could e-mail me and say "you need to install
this software on your computer, and this is how you access your server"
and what they tell me may be the kind of thing that someone who knows a
lot about VPNs would look at and cringe.  Like, I won't really know if
the software that they're using sucks.  And I won't really know if the
VPN is setup securely or properly or anything at all.  Can anyone give
me an idea of what I should look for to double-check their work, so to
speak?  Like, should I be connecting through SSL?  Should the connection
only allow connections from my IP address?  What else should I look for?
I don't know anything about VPNs or VPN software.

Oh, one other question I suppose.  Is it possible for me to securely
access the server over the Internet through Terminal Services without
any third party software on the server (or my machine)?

Thanks a lot,

Ray at work

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