How to Setup a VPN to your Office Server for FREE

This article outlines how to setup a VPN to your office server for free

There are oodles of ways to setup a remote connection to an office computer.  You can use RDP, you can use GoToAssist you can setup a VPN or you can even use a basic solution like Dropbox or Box for simple file sharing.

What’s the difference between VPN and Remote Sessions like RDP you ask?

VPN ( RRAS, Sonicwall VPN, Teamviewer) –

A VPN is a virtual private network, AKA, a secured tunnel between you and whatever destination you want to hit.  Imagine a literal tunnel connectining your home to your office and them picture you pulling and pushing files through that tunnel.  There is a door on each end that requires a key and that’s about it

Remote Sessions (like RDP, GoToAssist) –

Often we prefer to setup our clients with this solution.  In a remote session scenario you are basically taking over a computer at your office. You remote into said computer and see all the exact same things you would see as if you were physically sitting at the computer.  This scenario is nice because you get the exact same functionality that you would if you were sitting in the office; programs, printers, files, servers, etc.  The downside is that it’s hard to transfer files and information from the computer at home and the office computer you’re remoted into.

So, a VPN is better for transferring files between computers while a remote session is better if you just need to “do work at the office” and when everything you need is all on that work computer.

If you like the VPN option, you can use a Windows Server and activate the RRAS functionality, enable the appropriate ports and protocols through your firewall and then create the tunnel or you can also purchase VPN functionality through certain brands of firewalls (SonicWALL, cisco, etc) OR you can just use the FREE TeamViewer VPN.  TeamViewer has less admin control then other VPN’s but it’s easier, cost nothing and has a lot less moving parts.

To setup a TeamViewer VPN between your home and office computers download and install TeamViewer on both your computer and your destination computer (AKA, the server).
https://www.teamviewer.com/en/download/windows/ Download the install from here

  1. Install and Start TeamViewer on both computers
  2. Go to Computers and Contacts, and then Sign UP for a Free TeamViewer account.
  3. The on the server click Add computer to my Team Viewer account  
  4. Add new computer to my account by clicking the Add button,
  5. You should now see your server listed in the My Computers section on the right hand side, that means its ready to accept incoming connections.
  6. Install VPN Network Adapter on both your computer and the office computer by clicking on Click Extras >> Options >> Advanced Options
  7. Scroll down to see Team viewer VPN Driver and click to Install
  8. A popup window will appear for installing VPN network adapterInstall it.
  9. After the VPN is installed and you are logged into Team Viewer account you can right click on the remote PC and select VPN,
  10. Once connected, a windows should pop-up that looks like this

How to setup a VPN to your office server for free

At this point you should be able to browse and access and computers/server/printers on your office network. You will need to know your server’s name in order to get its file so you may need your administrator to help show you everything but the tunnel between your home and office server is now established.

This was how to setup a VPN to your office server for free

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