Provide network access to employees in remote locations

Updated: June 9, 2010

Applies To: Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2008 R2

You can use the goals below to determine your preferred method for providing network access to remote employees.

  • Provide network access to remote employees that use traditional telephone lines and modems

  • Provide low cost, unprotected network access to remote employees that use high speed Internet connections

  • Provide protected network access to remote employees that use high speed Internet connections

  • Provide always-on, protected network access to remote employees that use high speed Internet connections, with the added benefit of your ability to manage the remote computers all the time

  • Provide protected Internet connections between two or more office locations

Provide network access to remote employees that use traditional telephone lines and modems

To accomplish this goal, you need to deploy one or more dial-up servers using the Routing and Remote Access Service (RRAS). For more information, see Deploying Dial-up and VPN Remote Access Servers at http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=202997.

Provide low cost, unprotected network access to remote employees that use high speed Internet connections

To accomplish this goal, you need to deploy one or more virtual private network (VPN) servers using the Routing and Remote Access service (RRAS) and Point-to-Point Tunneling Protocol (PPTP). For more information, see Routing and Remote Access Service at http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=153482.

Provide protected network access to remote employees that use high speed Internet connections

To accomplish this goal, you need to deploy one or more virtual private network (VPN) servers using the Routing and Remote Access service (RRAS) and Layer 2 Tunneling Protocol over Internet Protocol security (L2TP/IPsec). For more information, see Checklist: Installing and Configuring an RRAS VPN Server at http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=193987.

Provide always-on, protected network access to remote employees that use high speed Internet connections, with the added benefit of your ability to manage the remote computers all the time

To accomplish this goal, you need to deploy DirectAccess. For more information, see DirectAccess at http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=147551.

Provide protected Internet connections between two or more office locations

To accomplish this goal, you need to deploy two or more virtual private network (VPN) servers using the Routing and Remote Access service (RRAS) and Layer 2 Tunneling Protocol over Internet Protocol security (L2TP/IPsec). For more information, see Checklist: Connecting Remote Sites at http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=193990.