Virtual private networks

Published: February 24, 2011

Applies To: Windows Small Business Server 2011 Standard

A virtual private network (VPN) is a remote connection to an organization's server through the Internet. A VPN extends a private network, so users can access network resources from a remote computer as if they were in the local office.

It is recommended that you set up a VPN only if Remote Web Access does not meet the needs of your organization. Although Remote Web Access provides remote access to several network resources, some line-of-business applications require that the computer is connected to the network. For these scenarios, you can use a VPN.

For information about setting up Remote Web Access on Windows SBS 2011 Standard, see Managing Remote Web Access.

The VPN is not enabled during Windows SBS 2011 Standard installation. Before you can enable a VPN, you must set up your Internet address in the Getting Started tasks.

Windows SBS 2011 Standard does not support dial-up modem connections. Users must have a broadband Internet connection to use a VPN connection to access the server.

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