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Enabling and Configuring RRAS

RRAS is configured in the Routing and Remote Access snap-in. This snap-in can be accessed in the Server Manager (expand the Network Policy and Access Services node), or you can run the RRAS snap-in in the MMC (Start, Administrative Tools, and then Routing and Remote Access).

The first thing you must do is enable RRAS; you can then configure it. Follow these steps:

1. In the RRAS snap-in, right-click the Routing and Remote Access node in the Server Manager or your RRAS server name node in the MMC and then select Configure and Enable Routing and Remote Access from the shortcut menu. The Routing and Remote Access Server Setup Wizard appears.

2. Click Next to bypass the opening wizard page. The next page supplies a list of common configurations for the RRAS service (see Figure 17.4) including dial-up and VPN, VPN (only), VPN and NAT, or a custom configuration. We are concentrating on remote access, so select the Remote Access (Dial-Up or VPN) option button and then click Next.

Figure 17.4. Select the RRAS service that you want to install.

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4. On the next page (Remote Access), you can select either VPN or Dial-Up or both for your remote access settings. Because we discuss both RAS possibilities, select both check boxes and then click Next to continue.

5. On the next page, you are asked to select the network connection that connects the server to the Internet (see Figure 17.5). Select the appropriate Local Area Connection, and then click Next to continue.

Figure 17.5. Select the network interface that connects the server to the Internet.

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6. On the next page, you are asked to choose how remote access clients will be assigned their IP addresses. You can choose Automatically, which uses the network DHCP server to assign addresses, or if you do not use DHCP, the RAS server assigns the addresses. You can also choose to have the addresses assigned from a specified range. After making your selection, click Next. If you select to use a specified range, the next screen asks you to supply that range. Then click Next.

7. The next page relates to how connection requests are authenticated. You can use the local Routing and Remote Access service to authenticate connection requests, or you can set up the RAS server to use a RADIUS (Remote Authentication Dial-In User Service) server for authentication. RADIUS (meaning a Network Policy Server) is discussed later in the hour; to get a feel for remote access, select the option No, Use Routing and Remote Access to Authenticate Connection Requests, and then click Next.

8. The wizard summary page appears. To finish the remote access installation, click Finish.

The Routing and Remote Access service starts on the server. You are returned to the Routing and Remote Access snap-in.

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