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Part I: Installation and Configuration > Overview, Features, and Benefits

Chapter 1. Overview, Features, and Benefits

With the advent of Windows 2000, Microsoft is introducing its most feature-rich version of the Routing and Remote Access Service (RRAS) to date. It combines the functionality of past versions of the multiprotocol router and the remote access service (RAS) included with past versions of Windows NT. It also adds a number of enhancements, including wizards to assist with the configuration process and new security features. The rationale for combining the multiprotocol router with the remote access service into a single service is the Point-to-Point Protocol (PPP). PPP is used to negotiate and establish the point-to-point dial-up connections used with RAS, and the demand-dial routing capabilities included with Windows 2000. Microsoft determined that it made perfect sense to join these two services on that basis—and indeed it does. The Routing and Remote Access Service provides the administrator with a unified tool that can be used in any size network, from a two-computer small office/home office (SOHO) network to a network containing thousands of workstations in several different locations.

More and more companies have workers who telecommute. In addition, there is a huge movement toward the creation of extranets, in which companies allow their partners and customers to have access to or join their resources with the corporate resources of the primary company. These types of business arrangements are becoming more and more common. Many solutions that have been implemented to allow remote access or join different networks utilize tools from several different vendors. With Windows 2000 Routing and Remote Access Service, administrators will only need one tool to fufill all their routing, remote access, and Virtual Private Network (VPN) needs.


  

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