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Connecting to AWA WITHOUT using a hardware (router-to-router) VPN

I have tested the remote connection using a software VPN and without a VPN and it's working correctly. If this doesn't work for Tiffany then it must be Norton Firewall or other issue preventing access.

Connecting to AWA WITHOUT using a hardware (router-to-router) VPN

You can do this two ways.

(a) You can use the Remote Desktop Client to connect directly to the server without a VPN but this is less secure. When you type your initial connection user name and password they are not encrypted and so a hacker could "listen in" and determine how to log on. Once the Remote Desktop Client has connected I believe that it is then a secure connection.

(b) You can create a software VPN which uses a secure protocol to establish it's own connection and then use the Remote Desktop Client to connect to the server in a totally secure, encrypted manner. A VPN (Virtual Private network) provides a direct encrypted connection between two computers or two networks (as if you had a dedicated connection provided by Telstra) except that it provides this using the internet as a means of communication.

Create a Software VPN

On the VPN client computer (the computer that you want to connect FROM) ...

  1. Right click on MY NETWORK PLACES and choose PROPERTIES
  2. Then click on NEW CONNECTION WIZARD
  3. Then the CONNECT TO THE NETWORK AT MY WORKPLACE
  4. Then VIRTUAL PRIVATE NETWORK CONNECTION
  5. Then enter your COMPANY NAME (eg AWA)
  6. Then if you use dial-up internet you need to choose to automatically dial your ISP otherwise if you have ADSL (or another form of broadband internet access) then choose DO NOT DIAL THE INITIAL CONNECTION
  7. Then enter the address of the remote network (ie the WAN address AWA.dyndns.biz)
  8. Select ANYONE'S USE
  9. Choose to ADD A SHORTCUT TO MY DESKTOP.
  10. Then close the network settings window and double click on the new icon on your desktop
  11. Enter your normal User Name and Password and click on CONNECT

At this stage you should get a message saying
VERIFYING USERNAME AND PASSWORD
and then
REGISTERING YOUR COMPUTER ON THE NETWORK
and then
CONNECTED TO MYCOMPANY

Once you are connected then you should see an icon (down in the bottom right hand corner of your windows task bar) which looks like two computer screens and the screens should flash as data is sent across the VPN. You may get errors indicating that your Username and/or Password are not valid or that your UserName does not have remote access rights to the server. These messages would indicate that you need to adjust the user details on the server itself.

Terminate the VPN

Once you have finished with your remote access session you should close the VPN. To do this first logoff your remote desktop client session and then right click on the VPN icon in the bottom right hand corner of your screen and choose DISCONNECT.

Using the Remote Desktop Client

On the computer that you want to use to connect to the remote server ...

  1. Click on START
  2. Then PROGRAMS (or ALL PROGRAMS)
  3. Then ACCESSORIES
  4. Then COMMUNICATIONS
  5. Then REMOTE DESKTOP CONNECTION
  6. Enter the Name or IP address of the computer to connect to. If you have either a hardware or software VPN running then use TSERVER (or 192.168.1.1) while if you don't have a VPN then enter the dynamic or static DNS name (eg AWA.dyndns.biz) or the WAN IP address (165.228.5.85 at the time of writing this) of the router.
  7. Click on OPTIONS
  8. Enter the COMPUTERNAME, USERNAME, PASSWORD and DOMAINNAME
  9. If you want to save the password so that you don't have to type it every time you connect the tick the box SAVE MY PASSWORD
  10. Click on the LOCAL RESOURCES tab and tick the DISK DRIVES box (this enables you to access your local hard disk from the remote computer terminal services session in order to copy files if you need to)
  11. Click back on the GENERAL tab
  12. If you want to save these options you can click on SAVE AS and save the information in a AWA.RDP file You can then double click on this file in future and it will connect automatically for you.
  13. Click on the CONNECT button to connect to the remote computer. You may have to re-enter the password again to log on if you see the logon screen on the remote computer.

Once you've connected you will see the remote computer's screen as if you were sitting in front of it. If you point your mouse to the middle of the top of your screen you should see a title bar pop up with the normal minimise, restore and close buttons. If you click on the CLOSE button (the cross) then you will be disconnected from your terminal services session but it will continue to run as if you WERE connected. if you then connect back again later on you will see the screen as if you had never disconnected. If you click on the COMMAND PROMPT in windows and type PING AWA.dyndns.biz then it will tell you what the current IP address is and if the server is available at that address you should get 4 replies from the server with no lost packets.

Terminating the Remote Desktop Client

When you have finished with a terminal services session click on the START button and then LOG OFF. Do NOT click on the SHUTDOWN button as this will shut the WHOLE terminal server itself down.

If you want to leave something running on the server and come back later to check it's progress you can click on the [X] button at the top of the terminal services screen instead of logging off. This will leave your session active on the server but will disconnect you from that session. If you log back into the server later on you should be automatically connected to the same session again and be able to continue where you left off. It's probably better NOT to do this but to remain connected instead but if you HAVE to disconnect for some reason then you can do so and reconnect later.