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I have win2k domain server with 25 users on a LAN. I want to add a remote user. Should I use terminal services or a VPN. How do I do it.

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I have win2k domain server with 25 users on a LAN. I want to add a remote user. Should I use terminal services or a VPN?  How do I create the a remote user in active directory?
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What exactly are you trying to do?  A little more information would help
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I have win2k domain server with 25 users on a LAN. I want to add a remote user. Should I use terminal services or a VPN? The 25 existing users LAN exists in 1 building. I want to add a remote user whose office and XP Pro pc will be 5 miles away. This remote user will not have an office or a pc on site in the building where the local area network is. I would like the remote user to be able to log into the Win2K domain server as a user and use an application program. I am concerned with security. I am unsure on how to setup the user's profile in Active Directory in W2K Domain Server. What licenses are involved?
Is Remote Desktop in XP Pro the same as terminal services? How does terminal services
 client set up on the XP Pro remote pc?
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Both terminal Services and a VPN will work fine.  Depending on the Application Terminal Services might work better that way you dont have to transfer data back and forth over the VPN which would be slower.  If all the user will be doing is accessing files from the server the VPN would be a better Idea.

You would setup the remote user account exactly as you would any other account.

If I were you I would set up a VPN from the LAN to your remote office.  If you find that the application is not running fine over the VPN, Configure a terminal Server to run that application.  Accessing the Terminal Server will be more secure since you are connecting to it over the Terminal Server.  For Getting access to his files, etc.  he could still use the vpn.

Remote Desktop and Terminal Services are diffrent.  When a user logs onto a Windows XP Pro Machine it locks the Computer and can only be used by 1 user at a time.  Terminal Services can be logged on Locally and Logged on by as many users you have purchased CAL's for at the same time
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In reading what I wrote the sentance "Accessing the Terminal Server will be more secure since you are connecting to it over the Terminal Server"

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Accessing the Terminal Server will be more secure since you are connecting to it over the VPN
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2hype, Thank you for your time but your answer doesn't help me much. Maybe your assumming I know more.
Q1 How is terminal services set up on win2k domain server to allow a remote user access to the server?
Q2 What licenses if any do I need?
Q3How do I access the win2k server from the remote xp pro pc?
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To install Terminal Services
Go to Add/Remove programs on the 2K server (note I would setup a diffrent server for the to connect to rather than using your domain controller).  Go to Add/Remove Windows Componets
Select Terminal Services and Terminal Services Licensing.  This will install terminal server on your 2k server.  

Next Open Terminal Services Licensing and go through the steps to install the CALS.  (Note you have a 90 day Grace period before you are required to install CAL's therefore users can connect without doing this step for 90 days).  You will eventually need to buy Per User or Per Device TS Client Licenses for each user you are planning on using.  

Not 100% sure but if you are connecting to the TSServer from an XP or 2000 Client you might not have to buy a CAL?

To connect to the Terminal Server from an XP Machine go to Start -- All Programs -- Accessories -- communications -- Remote Desktop Client.  If you are on the Lan you can simply put the Terminal Server Name in there and it will connect.

If you want to connect to it from another building you will have to enter the external IP address for your network.  You will then have to open port 3389 on your firewall and port forward it to your terminal server

Does this help?
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Yes that helped. When i log in from remote termianal I get errorr message:
!The local policy of this system does not allow you to log interactivley.
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Go to your Terminal Server.  Go to Terminal Server Configuration.  Under connections Right click RDP-Tcp and select properties.  Under the Permissions tab, Give the users or groups you want to have permission to connect
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2hype thank you for your time. Your answer was most EXCELLANT and much appreciated
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