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Adding an OES11 Server to eDir Tree from remote location

Greetings.

We are adding a new OES11 Linux server to an existing tree. We want to setup this server from a remote location. We typically will use a point-to-point VPN for this so the new server can join the tree and replicate. However, the router at the other end in this case does not support point-to-point VPN tunnels.

So, two questions:

a) Assuming no VPN connection, is there an easy way to get eDirectory information onto the new server? I know eDir can be backed up and then restored, but this is really meant to be done on either the same server or a replacement server that will have the same name, etc.

b) Suggestions for setting up a peer-to-peer setup between the two locations using something other than the routers. i.e. perhaps using windows PCs at each location. The main location, btw, has no Linux at this point--only Netware and windows PCs.

Ideas?

TIA,
Dan
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If you want to add any OESx server to an existing tree, once in that tree, it needs to communicate to other server replicas, so you will have to have a data communications link capable of routing the NCP traffic between your remote office and your main office where the other servers are. (T1, T3, etc. WAN link)

If all you have is an internet connection (ie: Broadband, Road Runner, FIOS, etc.) and you don't have a point to point tunnel, then I imagine it will be very difficult to accomplish this (short of setting up some other server OS on each end to function as a router and have it tunnel the data).

My collegues may have other ideas/solutions that may work better.

If it were me and I had no direct WAN link (ie, I'm just on broadband internet) I'd just setup the server in its own tree out there and have the users login locally. Or invest in hardware that allows for point to point VPN (easier said than done, I know).
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idea ; take an old box ; setup netware with bordermanager if you have...
let bordermanager do the vpn.
you can also try to setup a virtual netware on your new server to do that.
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would it have to be bordermanager on both sides? The main location (final destination of new server) has a NTW 6.5 SP8 server. Can I just run the BorderManager VPN on that or does it have to be a separate machine?

Thanks,
Dan
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In article <datakey.5c9muo@no-mx.forums.novell.com>, Datakey wrote:
> would it have to be bordermanager on both sides? The main location
> (final destination of new server) has a NTW 6.5 SP8 server. Can I just
> run the BorderManager VPN on that or does it have to be a separate
> machine?
>

Yes, you would need BM on both sides, and yes it should be able to run it
on the existing server depending on your network setup as it will need to
have a public IP (at both ends) to create the tunnel.

Craig Johnson is a top expert on BorderManager with many useful bits
about using it at http://nscsysop.hypermart.net/ and he does frequent
the BorderManager forums last I looked at them.



Andy Konecny
KonecnyConsulting.ca in Toronto
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