----- Original Message -----
Sent: Friday, July 12, 2002 5:47 PM
Subject: Remote Access Service
configuration in Windows 2000/XP
client's system is configured with a larger number of ports in order to
accomodate the various transmission needs that arise on the GEMS host
computer, primarily AccuVote-OS and AccuVote-TS direct and modem
uploads. As much as the initial functionality assignments are intended
to be static, in the real world - and from my experience - clients tend to
change the tasks ports are assigned to.
Direct and modem
transmission with the AccuVote-TS R6 requires that RAS be configured over the
corresponding ports, whereas AccuVote-OS transmission does not require RAS for
transmission. In a Windows NT environment, configuring and stopping RAS
is a relatively transparent affair.
In Windows 2000
and XP, on the other hand, stopping RAS over a port requires accessing Windows
Administrative Tools, then Services, then stopping the Remote Access
Connection Manager. Should we be encouraging our clients to access
Services on their GEMS PCs in such a case? Do we tell clients that once
they have started RAS on a port, they are never to disable RAS? Or do we
allow only company staff to configure ports on GEMS PCs?