Connecting Remote Sites

Applies To: Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2003 R2, Windows Server 2003 with SP1, Windows Server 2003 with SP2

The Routing and Remote Access service in the Microsoft® Windows® Server 2003 operating system supports remote site connectivity by using dial-up or virtual private network (VPN) connections. You can deploy either a temporary or persistent site-to-site (also known as router-to-router) connectivity solution in your network to achieve optimal scalability, security, and performance while reducing your connection costs.

In This Chapter

Overview of Remote Site Connectivity

Choosing the Remote Site Connection Type

Choosing Security Features

Integrating the Remote Site Connection into Your Network

Preparing for Server Configuration

Deploying a Site-to-Site Connection

Additional Resources for Connecting Remote Sites

  • For more information about name resolution, see "Deploying Domain Name System (DNS)" and "Deploying WINS" in this book.

  • For more information about IP address assignment, see "Deploying DHCP" in this book.

  • For more information about the Active Directory® directory service replication between sites, see "Designing the Site Topology" in Designing and Deploying Directory and Security Services of this kit.

  • For more information about creating hardware and software inventories and mapping your existing network before deploying new features, see "Planning for Deployment" in Planning, Testing, and Piloting Deployment Projects of this kit.