Remote deskop compared to terminal services....

Hello we have a group of 10 users that all have both a desktop and a laptop computer.

They will be starting to travel extensivly over the next 6 months and needs access to the CRM software that
is located on the server.

We are are considering using terminal services or letting the users connect to their desktop computer using remote desktop connection.
Will the connection to their local computer using remote desktop be slower for the user
than if the users connected to a terminal server?  PROS and CONS please......

And another question can you connect to a windows 2000 computer using remote desktop?? Only one user has windows 2000 so not a problem.

Thanks a lot ;-)
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ckratschCommented:
If all the desktops are inside the network, and the users will be connecting to them from outside the network, you'll have to do some crazy configuring of port forwarding in your router, or have 10 public IP addresses.  If you want people to connect to their own machines, you'd be better off using something like http://www.gotomypc.com.

If you use Terminal Server, you'll need to purchase licenses, and the server will need to have the hardware to support ten concurrent TS users effectively.

If it was me, I would take a close look at http://www.gotomypc.com.  It's quick and easy, not terribly expensive, and doesn't require any additional investment in server licenses or administration costs.
daxa78Author Commented:
We have a VPN setup and the users will be using the cisco VPN client.. So that wont be a problem.
Gotomypc is not fast enough....
ckratschCommented:
Oh well, if you're using VPN, then just do RDP to desktops.  Speed is always going to depend on the speed and saturation of the internet line at the office, and the speed and saturation of the internet connection the client is using.  An IPSec VPN is going to add some overhead, too.  But RDP connections run pretty well over broadband.  Your clients may need to connect using IP address or FQDN instead of NetBIOS name, though, since NetBIOS browsing doesn't work well over VPN.  You should also know that IPSec VPN connections initiated from inside a NAT network (like at a hotel) require the routing equipment to handle IPSec packets properly.  Not all hotels or more public internet connections will do this, but most do.

So, if someone calls you from a hotel saying that the VPN connects, but they can't get to anything on the office network, you know it's the hotel network that's not configured to handle IPSec VPN.

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daxa78Author Commented:
Im aware of the hardware issues with the termnal server.
Thanks
ckratschCommented:
On the other hand, if you choose to do Terminal Server, you can eliminate the VPN and go direct to the terminal server via the internet.  This opens some security issues that need attention though; if your users can get to a logon screen on the Terminal Server, so can anyone else.
daxa78Author Commented:
We need to use the VPN client for security issues... Do not want to go directly to the server over the internet.
I fear a bruteforce  attac.....
2hypeCommented:
Windows 2000 Cannot be Remote Desktoped into.

As long as the no other employee uses the users Windows XP Stations when they are being remotely accessed (when it is remotley accessed the screen locks) you should be fine having each employee connect to there own workstation.

Since you have the VPN in place this will be easy since you do not have to setup port forwarding, each employee can simply connect to the VPN and access there computer through its name/local IP Address.

Performace Wise, As long as the Windows XP Machines are of Decent Specs, Performace should not be an issue.

Pretty much go with Windows Remote Desktop if no other users will need to be accessing the users computers when they are remote desktoping in.  If other employees use thes computers, you will have to go terminal services.

You can always give the Windows XP a shot and see how it goes, its not like its costing you anything to give it a shot.  If you find that the windows XP Machines are not perfoming as well as you would like, go terminal Services.
ckratschCommented:
For the Win2K machine, you can use VNC instead.

http://www.tightvnc.com
ZabagaRCommented:
you asked, "And another question can you connect to a windows 2000 computer using remote desktop?? Only one user has windows 2000 so not a problem."

Yeah, I've done that a bunch of times.  On the windows 2000 system you'd go to add/remove windows components, install terminal services.

Then you can use the Remote Desktop program that ships with XP to connect to the Windows 2000 box.

You'll need to forward port 3389 for RDP if you're going through a firewall.


Program_PoserCommented:
ZabagaR,

This is only for Windows 2000 server, workstation does not have terminal services....

Program_PoserCommented:
daxa78,

as others have suggested, remote desktop through your VPN is your best bet.  I do that where I work and over broadband connections, speed is relatively good.  However, over a dialup, it is PAINFULLY slow, even when configuring the settings to dialup in the RDP client.

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