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I want users to be able to access their pc's from any internet connection, I have setup up 2003 server to allow requests to the remote web workplace the only problem being they first have to log in using an administrator username and password and are then allowed to select their pc and type in their network logon username and password (as if they were in the office)

Is there a way I can set it up so that I don't have to give them an administrator user name and password.
Or am I going about this the wrong way ?

All suggestions welcome !
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why dont you just have them RDC directly into their own workstations??
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Because,

1/ It would not be over SSL
2/I would have to open up ports on my router which would make the rdc open to any one on the Internet (or at least get them to the logon screen)
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I seem to have found the solution, the user must be added to the remote desktop users group.
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1.  RDC has 128 bit encryption by default (the same as your SSL more than likely). If you are concered about security why not have them VPN into your network and then connect to their workstaions via their private IPs?  Ive set up many networks like that and it worked great.

2.  if they are connecting remotely in the setup you mentioned isn't it open to anyone on the internet anyway?  Don't they see a login screen in the setup you mentioned? (i hope they login at some point)  Isn't being open to anyone on the internet your whole point for doing this? In your question you state "I want users to be able to access their pc's from any internet connection"
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True ! I never thought of it that way !

Normally I set up users who require rdc with a vpn and then run rdc over the vpn link Unfortunately they are going to be on random pc's connecting in (Internet cafe etc) and are of limited technical ability so a vpn is not an option.

If rdc is just as secure https then why bother creating windows 2003 remote web workplace? (the only advantage I can see is that pc's are grouped together : )

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ive never used windows 2003 remote web workplace but i couldn't image that anything in a web browser would give you a good screenshot or a fast response time.  the only other advanage i see is that you only need a web browser to use it. BUT, to use a direct RDC all you need is the RDC client which comes as part of the windows XP OS.  It may come with 2000 also, but even if it doesn't you can download the client for free.
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I believe web workplace is a better option than rdc without a vpn as if I have two clients that need rdc access to their pcs from any where then I have to forward ports 3389 on my router to the first pc edit the rdc port on the second pc to be 3390 and forward another port for that pc. This is ok but not if many users require access. Other wise I would have to apply for internet ip address's for each of the client machines
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