VPN setup requirements for Microsoft Exchange Server

Before setting up a virtual private network (VPN) to connect remote users to Microsoft Exchange Server, find out what VPN hardware and software is needed.

Before setting up a virtual private network to connect remote users to your Microsoft Exchange Server organization, you must have the proper hardware and software in place. Find out what VPN hardware and software requirements need to be met for a successful Exchange Server/VPN setup, including:

  • The version of Windows Server needed for a VPN setup
  • The number of Windows servers that should be in place
  • What software should run on the Windows servers
  • The number of remote clients required
  • What software should run on the client(s)?
  • Special hardware requirements
  • The recommended server architecture (i.e., server placement) for a VPN setup
  • The number of servers that should connect to the Internet
  • Precautions to alleviate potential security risks

Connecting remote users to Exchange Server via VPN technology can be a complicated process, but the infrastructure requirements outlined here will facilitate the process. Get details on VPN setup requirements in Step 1 of this tutorial on How to set up a VPN.

This was first published in July 2008

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