Win2K Terminal Services Bandwidth Req.

Posted on 2002-04-01
Last Modified: 2010-04-13
What’s the bandwidth requirement of Internet connectivity between Windows 2000 Terminal Server and a Windows 98 based remote client? Can we use a DSL connection for two person’s office using Win2K-TS to connect to corporate office?
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Off hadn I believe the requirement to be somewhere between 18-24 Kbps per connection.

For 2 users a DSL line is sufficient for this connection.

Though upstream and down stream difference with ADSL can be a limiting factor.
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DXB, for normal work, this should be no problem at all (assuming that your DSL upstream is 64kbit/s or more). However, when bitmaps need to be transferred, or if you enable sound and/or port redirection, the bandwith usage will go up.

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When you say port redirection, do mean LTP as well. Yes, I do intend to do local printing using TS. What are the implications?
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It's no big deal, and printing is not so much of a problem (typically more downstream than upstream). I meant LPT/COM redirection for two-way communication (e.g. a serial port device etc.). But the "worst" that can happen is that things are getting a little bit slower when there is heavy load.

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Well, let me ask you this question, I know from the documentation that, 128-bit encryption can be enabled to secure things. Will it make sense if I run the TS on top of a PPTP based VPN? What are the pros and cons, especially bandwidth related?

Is there a DSL router available in market to initiate a PPTP based VPN from a small branch office?

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You don't neet to use a VPN connection for TS, since it is already encrypted as you have seen yourself. While a VPN adds a little overhead, the overall performance will not change much. However, the VPN connection could be useful for other things, such as accessing a server in a private segement of your network, etc.

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AvonWyss, I agree with you on this but can you refer me to any official doc. from Microsoft or anyone else saying that TS without VPN is secure enough. Need it to show it to my management :)

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