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I'm going to refurbish the IT-infrastructure for a small organization with one single office, and I'm not sure what VPN server to use. In your opinion, would the built-in Windows Server 2008 VPN server suffice or are there any specific problems with it as opposed to, for example, OpenVPN?

I'd rather run a Windows native VPN server, but if there are few (preferably free) good alternatives, I could install VMware ESXi and virtualize both Windows and an OpenVPN-server. By the way, because of a low budget this office runs a solution with only one physical server.

Any advice would be great to help me grasp this field of which I'm quite a novice. Thank you!

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Personally, I find it easier to keep VPN off the servers, and use a VPN appliance or router instead. For example, Cisco 851W, Draytek 2820 or Netgear VPN firewall routers or even Tomato/DD-WRT powered home routers with OpenVPN (like the Netgear WNR3500L or Asus RTN-16), if you are on a budget.

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  • I'm considering putting OpenVPN on an extra PC in my office. Anybody had any success with this? – Robert Rolnik Jan 16 '11 at 6:30

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