Windows 2000 server - local users all connect via terminal services
Posted on 2006-05-09
I have recently moved to a new site, at which we have the following configuration :-
Site 1 - 30 LAN users, mostly Windows XP Pro, some aging Win 9x machines but most have been replaced in the last 2 years
Site 2 - VPN Access to Site 1 for 2 X PC and 2 X laptop users
Remote engineers also VPN to Site 1 for laptop use
Site 1 users have shared their drives, and operate as a peer-to-peer network. Email is collected individually via pop3 accounts.
My question is this - a Windows 2000 server has recently been installed at site 1, on the local area network, but all Site 1 users only ever access the server via Terminal Services, rather than logging onto the domain in the conventional fashion. This is done to use Microsoft Office applications and the accounts package, in order to 'store the documents on the server'.
The server is a generic build P4 based system, rather than a branded Xeon based machine, and they experience performance issues when a number of users are accessing the server (via Terminal Services) at once.
Can anyone list the pro's and con's of accessing the local server this way, as I have been told by the previous IT support manager that this installation is perfectly normal, and I have to provide a report to the board.
Thanks in advance