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I work for a medium size IT company (but this isnt my problem)

We have put Servers and workstations into small-medium size coprorate environments. Along with the hardware and network setup we manage allot of these servers personally as part of a facilities management contract.

We are finding ourselves making silly callouts to these companies simply to add a couple of new users to the domain (along with other things) as you can imagine, to do this is very time and resource wastefull.

I would like to implement a system where as, we can sit at a workstation inthe office, and connect straight into a client s server, and carry out the work.

All our clients are set up in a similar manor:

            Router --> Locked down 2000/2003 based ISA Server --> LAN (2000/2003 based AD)

The ISA server is there as a firewall, and as a way of allowing the client to offer VPN access to its roaming users.

What would be the best way to implement such a feature, looking at it from a "secuirty" and "ease of use" point of view, meaning anyone in our office could carry out the work quickly and easily.

I have a rough idea how this could be done, but would like to hear other peoples suggestions and experiences

BTW: We have 40-50 differnt clients, each with a server that we want to gain access to quickly in this manor

Many thanks

Rob
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It depends really on how simple you'd like it to be. First you'd need a vpn connection to the remote network. You mentioned that this is available at each site so this shouldn't be a problem. You can then use a terminal server session to administer the server. If the workstations are XP, you can also access these using a Remote Desktop connection.

The only place you may come unstuck is if all these networks are on the same subnet as yours. In this case you'll have routing problems.
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