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April 2005 Reader Challenge

March 2005 Reader Challenge Winners

Congratulations to the winners of our February Reader Challenge. First prize, a copy of "Securing Windows Server 2003" goes to Dan Vespa, of Ontario, Canada. Second prize, a copy of "Windows Server 2003 in a Nutshell," goes to James St. John of New York, New York. Both books are from O’Reilly Associates Publishing. Visit to read the answer to the March Reader Challenge.

Solve this month's Windows Client challenge, and you might win a prize! Email your solution (don't use an attachment) to [email protected] by April 13, 2005. You must include your full name, and street mailing address (without that information, we can't send you a prize if you win, so your answer is eliminated, even if it’s correct).

I choose winners at random from the pool of correct entries. I’m a sucker for humor and originality, and a cleverly written correct answer gets an extra chance. Because I receive so many entries each month, I can't reply to respondents, and I never respond to a request for a receipt. Look for the solutions to this month's problem at on April 14, 2005.

April 2005 Reader Challenge

Branch offices and other remote sites, combined with the increasing number of employees who telecommute, have increased the number of VPNs that administrators need to set up and maintain. This month’s Reader Challenge tests your knowledge of VPN configuration settings.

Question 1: Which Windows service do you use to set up a VPN server?

A. Routing and Remote Access Service (RRAS)

B. Desktop Connection Server services

Question 2: When external clients connect to a VPN server, how are IP addresses managed?

A. The existing IP address of the external client is automatically accepted by the VPN server, and the client unique name is resolved by a DNS server (which might also be the VPN server).

B. The VPN server is a DHCP server, which assigns a new IP address to the client, and uses a DNS server (which might exist on the VPN server) to resolve the client name.

Question 3: On the client side, how is a VPN connection created?

A. Using the Dial-Up and Network Connections feature.

B. Using the Create a VPN Connection feature that must be installed as a Windows component.

Reader Challenge Answers

Question 1: A
Question 2: B
Question 3: A

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