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I have just been given responsibility for maintaining our office server/VPN/ and all things IT (Thanks Obama!). My first question: what is the conventional wisdom regarding allowing local users to access local internet rather than making them use the net through the server, which is housed elsewhere and we access remotely. We have about six users who regularly need access to the net. If they are all trying to use the internet via the server, can we expect slowdowns? If we opt to allow them to use the local net, what are my concerns there? Thanks for the help.
A VPN will only be your default route if it's intended to provide your Internet access. If it's just intended to provide you access to specific subnets on the other side of the VPN, then specific routes will be used to just those subnets, over the VPN.