For a while now, I’ve been working on projects with a distributed team in-house. When we first moved in house for a client, it was the first in-house project our company had taken (at least since I had been there) with a team this large and this spread out. A majority of the team resided in the main office, but we had one person in Atlanta, and the other in Phoenix.
We decided to set up a VPN server, and because it was my choice and because, at the time, it was for that project only, we chose to use Microsoft’s RAS Server. Thus far, it’s worked pretty well, but as anyone who uses a VPN will tell you, it can be a PITA sometimes.
I thought it would be fun to share my thoughts, discoveries, and frustrations with all who cared or bothered to read them. I think it’s important for developers to share information, even little tips that can make our lives easier. In the name of sanity, sometimes bitching about something ludacris that goes on in your project with people who have felt your pain is reassuring. It’s nice to know that others have experienced that project that brought them to tears on a daily – and sometimes hourly – basis.