Remote Access via Internet Explorer

Posted on 2006-06-15
Last Modified: 2012-05-05
We recently installed a new Dell PowerEdge server which came preinstalled with Windows 2003 SBS.  I setup some users and configured Exchange OWA to allow them to view and send mail via any PC outwith the company which works a treat.

I believe that you can access your local desktop and use all its functionality and transfer files by a similar method doing away for the need for predefined VPNs etc.  I have tried in vein to get this functionallity up and running both on the internal network and from outside, but cannot get it to work?

Can anyone assist me?
Question by:alanblackmadmax
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by:Jeffrey Kane - TechSoEasy
ID: 16913527
You are referring to Remote Web Workplace.  What errors are you getting internally?

From the server, if you go to http://localhost/remote, what happens?


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ID: 16918256
Internally when we type this using the server name instead of localhost it logs in OK, but externally when we use the server name or the external IP address the page cannot be displayed?
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Jeffrey Kane - TechSoEasy earned 500 total points
ID: 16918607
If the page cannot be displayed, you don't have the correct ports open on your router.  These instructions are included in the Getting Started Guide which is pretty much required reading for deploying an SBS because of SBS's uniqueness as a PRE-CONFIGURED server environment.

See for the guide.

You will need to open the following ports on your router for these services:

25 - SMTP
443 - HTTPS (for RWW and OWA)
444 - SharePoint
1723 - PPTP VPN
3389 - RDP for remote administration
4125 - Remote Web Workplace

Then, you MUST run the Configure Email and Internet Connection Wizard (CEICW -- linked as Connect to the Internet in the Server Management Console) to properly configure everything in the server for RWW as well as most all other network and email items.

A visual how-to for this is at

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by:Jeffrey Kane - TechSoEasy
ID: 16918617
By the way, my comment about localhost was to use that ONLY on the server.  It would, of course, not work on a workstation.


Author Comment

ID: 16920808
A final question, when a user logs in remotely they get the choice of connecting to Server or Client Desktops.

Is there anyway to lock them down to only thier own Desktop?


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by:Jeffrey Kane - TechSoEasy
ID: 16925257
Only Administrators get that choice.  Regular users have a completely different menu.  Log in as one to see.


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