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Making a Terminal Server Available to the outside world

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Hi,

We currently run an SBS 2003 server. We have just introduced a new server with Windows Server 2003 installed. This server has been set up with terminal services in application mode. This server will operate software that customers can log onto using terminal services and will allow them to place orders etc. I think we would like to give this server its own broadband connection. My question for this is how do we go about this. Do we have two nic's installed one from a router and one to the network. How do we go about securing the server? Is there anything we should be thinking about?
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If you are using a router, then you do not require two NIC cards.

This is how your server will look like.


Internet--------------------Router---------------------Switch---------------Server
                      Public IP              Private IP                                       Private IP

All you need to do is to set the default gateway on this server to be the routers LAN interface IP address.

Then setup a port forward on port 3389 from routers external IP to Teminal Servers IP address.

Create a access-list which allow connections on port 3389 only on outside interface.

Thats all you need to configure.
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Ok, so i can have two routers, each with their own IP address on the network? One dedicated to the new server and one dedicated to SBS i.e. RWW, Remote Desktop etc. Can i then set the new server so that it acts in the same way that RWW does on SBS 2003 i.e. use internet explorer rather than the the Remote Desktop Connection tool? I like the idea of perhaps adding this link as an extension to our website i.e. our website is www.example.com and to get to the terminal server on our network the customer simply types www.example.com/order. How could i get this to work?
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Yes, in that case you need to forward port 80 as well.(In addition to 3389).

Then you need to install Remote Desktop Web connection software.

http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/downloads/tools/rdwebconn.mspx

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ok cool, but can i configure this so that it it has like a html welcome screen like the one in sbs 2003 rww?
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Yes, all you need to do is to install IIS on your Windows 2003 server.

Then follow the instruction given on microsoft site to setup the Web connection software.

Then, all you do it http://Public_IP_Address.

It will give you a web page to login to, and you will see your Desktop right inside the IE window.
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