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Terminal Server Overview

We will be opening two remote offices later this year and we will most likey be using Terminal server to connect to our main office. Can someone please give me an overview of the hardware required to setup a remote office. I am hoping to use WinTerminals at the remote offices. Will I need a server at each remote office or can I have a Terminal server at my main office?
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zephyr_hex (Megan)DeveloperCommented:
you do not need a server at each location.  you can have the TS at your main office and then have the remote sites use remote desktop connection to connect to the main server.  
you could implement a vpn and if the users just need access to network shares, they wont need remote desktop/terminal server to do it.  they would need terminal server to run applications on the server.  but VPN would give them access to network shares without needing remote desktop connection.  you could use both, if you want to have a virtual network (allow printing across the network, file sharing, etc).  for vpn, you would need a vpn router at each location.
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comteksoAuthor Commented:
Thanks, the remote offices would need to access an SQL app. The setup at our main office is as follows:

DC = 203Server - Exchange, DNS, File shares, etc
SQL = 2003Server - SQL
Cisco 1700 series router
Cisco PIX506e firewall

 So if I understand correctly, I could setup a new TS at the main office, install a PIX at the remote office and setup a point-point vpn between the PIX's.

Will I need a router as well, or could I use something like the Linksys RV042 in place of the PIX at the remote office?

I want the remote office to pull all apps from the main office, allow access to documents stored on the DC, and allow internet access locally as well as print to network printers at either the remote office or main office.
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Jay_Jay70Commented:
Hi comtekso,

you would be better off with a pix as they are awesome, but it can get costly...., you jsut need a router that supports PPTP VPN at a minimum, be aware that running terminal services over a VPN will start to get slow, depending on your bandwidth
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comteksoAuthor Commented:
Are there any other options besides terminal services?
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comteksoAuthor Commented:
Each remote site will have about 6-8 concurrent connections. We have a T-1 in our main office, will a standard DSL line handle up to 8 terminal service connections at the remote sites?
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Jay_Jay70Commented:
standard DSL? what speed DSL, your T1 should make it easy to use
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comteksoAuthor Commented:
OK, in general, what is the lowest level of DSL that should be considered in order to support up to 8 terminal services clients?

512k download/256 upload
1.5M download/384K upload
3.0M download/512K upload
5.0M download/640K upload
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Jay_Jay70Commented:
i have a 1.5Mb connection and it hauls - i cant imagine you would need to much more than that, i havent trialled 5 sessions from home though so i couldnt be 100% sure
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