Securely transfer data between Vista machines

by Mitch Tulloch [Published on 25 Sept. 2007 / Last Updated on 25 Sept. 2007]

How to securely transfer data between Vista machines

You have two Windows Vista computers, in different locations, and you need to securely transfer a large amount of data from one to the other. What's the best way of doing this?

Use IPSec to create a point-to-point tunnel that encrypts data transferred through it. This is really easy to do in Windows Vista because IPSec is integrated into Windows Firewall and it's just a matter of creating a connection rule on each machine. See chapter 27 of the Windows Vista Resource Kit for more information on configuring Windows Firewall and IPSec.


Mitch Tulloch is lead author for the Windows Vista Resource Kit from Microsoft Press, which is THE book for IT pros who want to deploy, maintain and support Windows Vista in mid- and large-sized network environments. Mitch is also the author of Introducing Windows Server 2008, the first book from Microsoft Press about the exciting new server platform. For more information on these and other books written by Mitch, see

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The Author — Mitch Tulloch

Mitch Tulloch is a well-known expert on Windows Server administration and cloud computing technologies. He has published over a thousand articles on information technology topics and has written, contributed to or been series editor for over 50 books.

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