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How do I configure Microsoft Small Business Server for remote access?
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Lee W, MVP earned 2000 total points
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There are several options and documents - I have links to most on my SBS web site - see http://www.lwcomputing.com/tips/static/sbs.asp
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by:baehrscomputers
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I like using remote desktop but you have to configure your router to let whichever port you choose to use for the server all routers have their own settings for PORT FOWARDING  I would change the port on the server as well through the registry for security purposes to something like 53389 here is a link on how to change this port http://support.microsoft.com/kb/306759
also when you log into the server you will have to put the IP address as well as the port... here is an example
168.146.256.24:53389  good luck
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by:labtroll
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Simple and secure remote desktop method

If you have hardware vpn (linkys rv042) easiest just to use the pptp tunnel for security.
then remote desktop with server's local IP.

if you don't have hardware vpn, forward the IPsec ports to server (http://www.experts-exchange.com/Networking/Misc/Q_21251483.html#a12889103). A

SBS has it's own PPTP vpn server, and can easily be configured with the server management.

open server management ==> to do list ==> configure remote access.  If your router has pnp, it can try to detect and configure the port forwading for you.  if not just follow the fowarding instructions I linked to.


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by:crayneman
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A service like https://secure.logmein.com/ can be useful if your ISP wont supply a static IP...

The free version allows remote desktop access.
The paid versions add a few extra services like file transfer and monitoring.

I use the free for a few sites that require remote support and found it reliable.
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by:Dale_Gish
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Install Routing and Remote Access onto your server (it's under administration tools)

Configure your firewall to forward PPTP 1723 to your server (if your firewall is using NAT you will have to create a NAT policy as well)

Under the user accounts in active directory select allow access from the Dial In tab (you can also create a remote access policy)
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by:Lee W, MVP
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VPN documentation is available on the link I provided.  Setting up Remote Desktop using an alternate port doesn't do much for security - VPN does a LOT more and since it's available on SBS, there's no point in not using it.

Alternatively, there Remote Web Workplace (also with much information on the link I provided).  This is a web interface over SSL that will allow connections to other computers, including the server via Remote Desktop.

LogMeIn is, in my opinion pointless.  Don't have a static IP?  So what - use a dynamic DNS service like no-ip.org.  RDP is faster, free, includes file transfer and printing ability.
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adileonardo use the VPN solution.  You will be happier
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