Remote Desktop Access to Virtual PC

Posted on 2007-07-27
Last Modified: 2013-12-19
Hi Experts,
A user has come into a business I support and has asked to have remote access in the same way he enjoyed it with his previous company.
He used to use Remote Desktop Connection, using an IP address supplied to him, to control what must have been a virtual PC (as he says he did not have a dedicated machine back at base)
Being new to the world of remote working, I would appreciate your thoughts on the most likley architecture that was being employed to achieve this, and, more importantkly the best way of achieving the overall objective - i.e. to be able to to sit at any internet-connected PC and access a virtual desktop back at base
Hope that makes sense
Question by:seashell1
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    Expert Comment

    There are two possibilities that I can see:

    1. He actually did have a dedicated desktop back at base, but wasn't aware of it.
    2. His previous company was running a terminal services server, and he was connecting to that (maybe the more likely option).

    You would have to implement either of the above to give him the same facility now.

    Author Comment

    thanks pp

    I had the same suspicion about option (1)
    If option (2) was true, is it possible to access via Remote Desktop Connection? - he is adamant that is how he did it
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    Accepted Solution

    Yes, a terminal services server is a server that allows multiple users to connect to it (same as RDP).  Applications are installed on the server, and users have access to the resources they require.  It is basically the same as RDP in Windows XP, but you can have many users connecting to the one server (whereas XP only supports one remote desktop client).

    Author Comment

    thanks pp.
    can I just check - is it the case that a terminal services server can be connected to using the specific Windows application 'Remote Desktop Connection'. Thanks again

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