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Windows 7: Which versions of 7 for this network setup

25 Jan 2010   #21

Windows7 Ultimate 64bit

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by wcsjohn View Post
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1. The Mikrotik Router I use (RB450) can maintain as much as 2000 VPN connection at a time, so that's way overkill for my purposes. Each branch needs to have a similar Mikrotik router (that is in my case, I think you can use other routers that have VPN client embedded in them, but I use Mikrotik routers for compatibility and manageability).
2. For creating and maintaining VPN connection, no server OS needed, everything is handled by the routers. So the answer is NO, no need 2k8/7 pro.
I understand not needing server, but wouldn't I still need Pro?

You remind me of my current client :)
I should have said thanks for all the help earlier. Check your PMs.

Thanks for using the technical terms. I ask because when using the built-in VPN server with Vista, ALL traffic from the branch office is routed through the main office. Not exactly speedy.

2. In my setup, I use many RB450/RB450G, google that...
Thanks. I'll take a look. They seem to have a lot of options. Not knowing anything about them, it's nice to have a place to start. We do have a pretty hefty QB datafile that needs to be read remotely, so speed is a concern. Although, I'm sure any of these routers is faster than our service speed (just Verizon fios at the head office).

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I have deployed these routers in the fashion being described here if you are looking for an alternative for Mikrotik. 3 branch offices connecting back to the main office....

Cisco RVS4000 4-port Gigabit Security Router - VPN - Cisco Systems
Thanks for the optional suggestion. This forum is great.
I'll try to answer it one by one:

1. If you need ANY directory service (network resource mapping, global catalog, network wide security administration, etc), you'd need 7 pro at the very least.

2. When you use Vista's VPN client, the default behavior would be routing EVERY traffic over the VPN connection...

3. I've tested one of my RB450G, it can route well into 500 ~ 600 Mbps speeds, well above any of our normal internet connection. It is slower than a Cisco router with Gigabit interface, but Cisco costs well over 10 times of my "pocket sized" router... I'd go with IBM X3650 M2 with added Gigabit network interface + Vyatta than to use Cisco (unless I need to maintain a LARGE NETWORK, then Cisco WILL ABSOLUTELY simplify management and administration).

Hope this helps, John...


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