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VPN – Should i use it inside the office or just outside?


doliveira
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Hi,

 

After I have setup my office network and installed the “Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials” Connector on all the Windows 10 desktop computers, all the desktops connect auto-connect to the server using the desktop Connector. The internal LAN is setup as a private domain network.

 

But with the Connector installation, I have noticed that it has also been created a VPN on all my desktop computer, inside my office on my internal LAN network that is disabled by default.

 

In a simple way and to resume, all my desktop computers connect properly to the server using just the desktop connector, with the VPN disabled. 

 

I just use / enable the VPN on the laptop computers, always when I’m outside the office.

 

So my question is if I should also always enable the VPN by default on all my desktop computers that are located inside my office on my internal LAN network?

 

Can anyone advise me on this? Are there any kind of advantages vs disadvantages on having the VPN on vs off inside the internal LAN?

 

Thanks 

 

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no need to be on the vpn if in the office.  Microsoft can not determine what is a mobile pc and what is not so it adds the vpn by default for remote access.  using the vpn just adds unnecessary baggage to the traffic that should already be secure within the LAN.   The only reason for a VPN within a LAN is for secure communications say from HR to talk to payroll securely so IT can not packet sniff their raises.

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If you're talking about the checkmark option 'Keep me remotely connected' on the system tray icon, that only triggers when the computer can't find the server on the local network, then it will automatically try to connect to the VPN.  If the server is available (I think found via DNS?) then the VPN connection will not try to start.  At least that's been my experience with it on a tablet or laptop.

 

The VPN connection does get created on every computer, but my desktop just never uses it, so I ignore it there.  I actually disabled it on my other devices too since I'd rather work in the offline mode then.  I don't have the bandwidth for some of my programs to work well when they can still see the network files, I'm better off if they think they can't see them at all.

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Hi all,

 

Ok, so just to clarify, there is no need to turn on the VPN on computers that are inside my office network. I should only turn on the VPN when im outside my office, with my laptop or phone, correct?

 

Thanks 

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On my office network the only computers connected to the LAN are my own computers. Guest's only connect to my network using wifi on a guest wifi network created by my access point. So all devices are trusted devices. 

 

So i thank you all for all your advices. From now on i will only use the VPN when i'm out of the office ousing my laptop or phone.

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