SBS 2003: Remote Connection Manager connection vs. manually created PPTP connection?

Discussion in 'Windows Small Business Server' started by Charles Lavin, Aug 20, 2008.

  1. Hi --

    What functionality/benefits does the "Connect to Small Business Server"
    connection created by the Remote Connection Manager give me over a regular
    PPTP tunnel to the same server?

    The immediately obvious differences between these two connection methods are
    that the Remote Connection Manager connection allows for fewer
    modifications. And a connection made through the RCM seems to route _all_
    traffic through the SBS box. This is something I can control on a manually
    created PPTP connection that I seem to have no control over on the RCM
    connection. I don't really want a user connecting from home and checking her
    Hotmail account to route that traffic back and forth through the office SBS
    box ...

    Charles Lavin, Aug 20, 2008
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  2. Charles Lavin

    Matabra Guest


    A regular PPTP tunnel is the same as the RCM in SBS.

    If you need to , create your own connection setup file manually using the
    CMAK and place it in the same place as the one from the RCM wizard


    Matabra, Aug 20, 2008
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  3. Hello Charles,

    Thank you for posting here.

    According to your description, my understanding is that:

    You have a concern about the difference between the "Connect to Small
    Business Server" connection that is created by the SBSpackage.exe and the
    manually created PPTP connections.

    If I have misunderstood the problem, please don't hesitate to let me know.

    Based on my research, there are no distinguished difference between both of
    them. Connection Manager provides a customized remote access client so the
    remote uers can connect to SBS network using connection features
    predefined. This provide a simplification practice to distribute connects
    to a large amount users. The "Connect to Small Business Server" connection
    created by SBS is just a customized connection generated by SBS to fit for
    most SBS scenarios.

    As you noticed, by default the SBSpackage.exe will create a VPN connection
    with as the default gateway (default route). In the other word, all
    traffic will be routed to the SBS server (VPN server) even when the user
    access the resource on Internet. Meanwhile, it defaults to use PPTP
    protocol. You can manually modify the remote.cms in Documents and
    Data\Microsoft\Network\Connections\Cm\remote\ that contains the connection

    Do not use default gateway on remote network (Same as uncheck the box "Use
    default gateway on remote network" in the Advanced TCP/IP settings dialog
    box), open the remote.cms file and change Gateway_On_Remote
    from 1 to 0.

    [TCP/IP&Connect to Small Business Server Tunnel]
    [TCP/IP&Connect to Small Business Server Tunnel]

    However, please note it is based on the client side. Other clients that run
    the SBSpackage.exe will still use default gateway on remote network. As you
    noticed, you also can manually create a VPN connection on the client side
    with the option "Use default gateway on remote network" unselected in the
    Advanced TCP/IP settings dialog box.

    For your reference:

    Connection Manager Administration Kit

    If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to let me

    Best regards,

    Miles Li

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