Terminal Services on SBS 2003 Enterprise

Posted on 2006-05-04
Last Modified: 2010-04-19
Is there a way to use Terminal Services on SBS 2003 Enterprise?  I found out too late that Microsoft removed the feature.  The server is online and the customer was quoted with this feature.  Is there a way to reactivate this feature even if MS does not support it for security reasons?  This is a hurricane off site solution and the season is upon us here is Florida.  Thanks.
Question by:OneStopPCHelp
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    Q.      Can I run Terminal Services in Application Server mode on Windows Small Business Server 2003?
    A. No. It is not possible to run Terminal Services in Application Server mode on Windows Small Business Server 2003. This is a change from Small Business Server 2000. Running Terminal Services in Application Server mode on a domain controller may present a security risk to your network.
    If you want to use Terminal Services in Application Server mode, we recommend that you purchase an additional Windows Server 2003 license and install an additional server running Windows Server into the Windows Small Business Server 2003 domain. For more information, see Deploying Windows Server 2003 Terminal Server to Host User Desktops in a Windows Small Business Server 2003 Environment.

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    by:Jeffrey Kane - TechSoEasy
    Even if you could possible work around this, you wouldn't want to because your SBS is a Domain Controller... not a good thing to combine with TS.  

    When you say that this is a hurricane off site solution, what do you mean?  Can you explain the needed use of this as an off-site disaster solution?  ie, who will be accessing it, and for what reasons?

    Because one other thing about SBS is that it doesn't support trusts... AND it must hold all FSMO roles, which means that it doesn't really work as a backup solution in the way that I think you are trying to deploy it.

    Please read for an introduction to SBS for IT Professionals.


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