Can RDP dial a VPN?


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Guest

I am using the Microsoft built in VPN client and RDP clients to access a Windows 2000 terminal server via a Cisco firewall. At the moment, I am instally connected to the internet through ADSL, and then have to manual connect the VPN, and then load my .rdp file to connect to the Terminal Server

Is there any way in Windows to get it to automatically dial the VPN when I try and connect via RDP

Your
Adam
 
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Mark Mancini

no, probably b/c the theory of SBC violates having a VPN as well.

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Sincerely,
Mark Mancini, CCA, CCNA, Master CIW&CI, CNE 4&5, MCSE+I 4&2000
www.MCSE2000.com
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Adam said:
I am using the Microsoft built in VPN client and RDP clients to access a
Windows 2000 terminal server via a Cisco firewall. At the moment, I am
instally connected to the internet through ADSL, and then have to manual
connect the VPN, and then load my .rdp file to connect to the Terminal
Server.
 
G

Guest

I'm not particularly bothered about whether this 'violates' the theory behind SBC or not. I have a group of users in a satelite office who are connecting to the central application server, and rather than have to have them dial the VPN and then run RDP, I was hoping that they could integrate the two steps in one go

Ada

----- Mark Mancini wrote: ----

no, probably b/c the theory of SBC violates having a VPN as well
 
G

Guest

Well it's be hella easier to setup a point-to-point, permanent VPN Tunnel, so end users don't have to deal with the VPN at all. This can be configured with 2 Linksys routers for about $175, or between any two servers using the OS

You could also just dump the VPN and have them connect directly with the Remote Desktop Client to your TS

Patrick Rous
Microsoft MVP - Terminal Serve
http://www.workthin.co

----- Adam wrote: ----

I'm not particularly bothered about whether this 'violates' the theory behind SBC or not. I have a group of users in a satelite office who are connecting to the central application server, and rather than have to have them dial the VPN and then run RDP, I was hoping that they could integrate the two steps in one go

Ada

----- Mark Mancini wrote: ----

no, probably b/c the theory of SBC violates having a VPN as well
 
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Guest

The only way I have found it to do it in a batch file.
Create a shortcut to you VPN connection on you desktop.
Rename the shortcut to be 8.3 compliant. I makes the
batch easier to create. Save the settings for the RDP
connection to an .rdp file. Batch file should look
similiar to this

c:\documents and settings\%username%\desktop\VPN.lnk
sleep 20 (time this. It can be pretty much whatever is
needed)
c:\documents and settings\%username%\desktop\ts.rdp
exit

It's a quick and dirty but should work nicely once tuned.
-----Original Message-----
I am using the Microsoft built in VPN client and RDP
clients to access a Windows 2000 terminal server via a
Cisco firewall. At the moment, I am instally connected to
the internet through ADSL, and then have to manual
connect the VPN, and then load my .rdp file to connect to
the Terminal Server.
Is there any way in Windows to get it to automatically
dial the VPN when I try and connect via RDP?
 

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