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Is there a way on SBS 2003 to enable a client to connect from any remote pc, such as a hotel's complimentary lobby computer, via a web browser with no VPN connection made?
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There are third party tools like LogMeIn https://secure.logmein.com/
and GoToMyPc https://www.gotomypc.com
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Sure, install IIS and Remote Desktop Web Connection on the Server. This will make an RDP client available to any browser thus allowing you to connect via terminal services to the server. In fact, you can make the TSWEB files available anywhere on the internet and simply specify your server's DNS name or IP and you will connect to it over port 3389.

http://technet2.microsoft.com/WindowsServer/en/library/a09b6e94-86fc-4166-bc9f-714436df0aa31033.mspx?mfr=true

http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/downloads/tools/rdwebconn.mspx
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Using terminal services on an SBS server is not permitted unless for administrative tasks, so this is not a viable option, also you dont want a user to be using your server as their desktop, also you are limited to 2 terminal services sessions only.
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Yes you are right Dinga, I misread the question. I was thinking in terms of remote management from any remote pc.
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Dinga84's suggestion is your ideal solution. It uses SSL to connect securely using a web browser and gives you a web based console allowing you to connect to the server for management purposes, or log on to any workstation in an identical fashion to remote desktop. In addition the console allows you access to the corporate Intranet, server reports, and webmail. The devices and services available are limited to the permissions you have given the user.
Keep in mind this is a great feature, but only available in SBS 2003. A webcast outlining the features and options can be found at:
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/833983

Having said all that I would be very carefull alloing your users to connect from public computers where key loggers could easily be in place.
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