Routing and Remote Access

Applies To: Windows Server 2008

The Routing and Remote Access service in Windows Server® 2008 supports remote user or site-to-site connectivity by using virtual private network (VPN) or dial-up connections. Routing and Remote Access consists of the following components:

Remote Access

The remote access feature provides VPN services so that users can access corporate networks over the Internet as if they were directly connected. Remote access also enables remote or mobile workers who use dial-up communication links to access corporate networks.


Routing and Remote Access is a full-featured software router and an open platform for routing and networking. It offers routing services to businesses in local area network (LAN) and wide area network (WAN) environments or over the Internet by using secure VPN connections. Routing is used for multiprotocol LAN-to-LAN, LAN-to-WAN, VPN, and network address translation (NAT) routing services.