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I have a client who purchased a Dell server running WINDOWS SMALL BUSINESS SERVER 2003. Ther server runs speicalized Water & Sanitation software in application server mode.  The client needs to have 5 workstations connect via a VPN and Remote Desktop to the server to access this application.  We have configured the VPN.  We can connect up to two workstations to the Small Business server.  When we attempt to connect the third workstation we get an error message that a client connection is not available.  Upon further investigation I have found that WINDOWS SMALL BUSINESS SERVER has terminal services application mode disabled.  I believe remote desktop is limited to TWO simultaneous connections.  When the server is running WINDOWS SMALL BUSINESS SERVER is a there a way to remotely connect more than two workstations to the server desktop?  Microsoft Product Support seemed to think this could not be done.

I need to give my client a response today.  I'd appreciate a definitive answer on this.  Thanks!

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SBS does not support full terminal server/application server. You are limited to 2 remote desktop sessions intended for server management. You need to add a terminal server to the environment. The existing CAL's (other than 1 for the TS itself) will look after all connected users.
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ps- to clarify, by "add a terminal server to the environment" I mean add an additional Server 2003 standard "box" with Terminal Services installed and configured.
The other option would be to upgrade from SBS to Server 2003 standard, however you loose additional features like exchange if you do this.
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Thanks dbldiamond, though I am sure it is not the answer you were hoping for.
Cheers,
--Rob
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