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  • Pros & Cons of having 1 or 2 NICs on RRAS server.

    I intend to set up the VPN server on a 2003 server. When I select Remote access under Configuration it says I would need no less than two network interfaces. If I insist on 1 NIC I would have to use the custom configuration.

    I wonder why I would need two NICs while 1 NIC could do the job.

    I have the server and all other workstations of the same domain on the same local network connected to the Internet through a router. I reckon I should be able to make do with only one NIC.

    I wonder if somebody could give me some pros and cons of having 1 or 2 NICs for having remote VPN connection.

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    Re: Pros & Cons of having 1 or 2 NICs on RRAS server.

    Just do the custom setup. Microsoft has changed their recommended settings in 2008 & 2008 R2.
    Regards,
    Jeremy

    Network Consultant/Engineer
    Baltimore - Washington area and beyond
    www.gma-cpa.com

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    • #3
      Re: Pros & Cons of having 1 or 2 NICs on RRAS server.

      IIRC the 2 NICs were specifically for the Routing side of RRAS while the RAS bit (including VPNs) wasn't so fussy.
      Tom Jones
      MCT, MCSE (2000:Security & 2003), MCSA:Security & Messaging, MCDBA, MCDST, MCITP(EA, EMA, SA, EDA, ES, CS), MCTS, MCP, Sec+
      PhD, MSc, FIAP, MIITT
      IT Trainer / Consultant
      Ossian Ltd
      Scotland

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        Re: Pros & Cons of having 1 or 2 NICs on RRAS server.

        Thanks Jeremy. What are the recommended settings for 2003 and 2008? Are there any drawbacks either way?

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          Re: Pros & Cons of having 1 or 2 NICs on RRAS server.

          Originally posted by Ossian View Post
          IIRC the 2 NICs were specifically for the Routing side of RRAS while the RAS bit (including VPNs) wasn't so fussy.
          Thanks! This does make more sense to me.

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