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RWW if client computer is turned off

A few months ago I have just configured RWW to access a 2003 SBS R2.
There is only one thing that this beautiful solution can not to do:
To connect if a client computer is turned off.
 
In old 2003 server environment there is no this kind of problem using Terminal Server.
A client how wants to open an application, can log in to the server and open it.

Is there any solution to this problem?
 
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macastri
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budchawlaCommented:
Use wake on lan to wake up the PC if it's off?

I can't tell from your question if the user can log in to the server or not. If they can, then they can wake up their PC. You can put a script on the server with a shortcut on the desktop using a freeware WOL utility.

You'll need to ensure that the PCs BIOS is set to wake from LAN.
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macastriAuthor Commented:
The problem is that the user has a notebook and is a Mobil User.
Some times he is connected on LAN and sometimes remotely.
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Jeffrey Kane - TechSoEasyPrincipal ConsultantCommented:
If he's a mobile user then he doesn't even have a PC to connect to.  That user should be using a VPN connection to connect his laptop from anywhere as though he's working on the LAN.

But just for reference, to use WOL on an SBS network with RWW, there's a specific utility needed:
http://sbs.seandaniel.com/2007/03/interesting-in-conserving-little-power.html

Jeff
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budchawlaCommented:
Hmm, very nice little utility, thanks Jeff!
(Maybe now I should go back to looking to see if I could send a WoL packet via an event sink in Exchange!)

macastri:
"There is only one thing that this beautiful solution can not to do:
To connect if a client computer is turned off."

So what client computer is turned off? If he's got his laptop with him, tell him to turn it on before trying to connect :-)
No, but seriously, if he's got a laptop then surely he doesn't need to connect to any other PCs? His data should be on the server, so why does he need another PC?
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macastriAuthor Commented:
When the RWW user tries to connect to his computer name, he receives the next alert:
Connectivity to the remote computer could not be established. Ensure that the remote computer is on and connected to the Windows Small Business Server network.

WOL it is impossible to use because his computer travels with him.

Just one point to consider: He needs to run specifically one application that is on the SBS Server.
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budchawlaCommented:
macastri,
Could you clarify what exactly it is that you are trying to do here?
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Jeffrey Kane - TechSoEasyPrincipal ConsultantCommented:
He CAN'T connect to his own computer via RWW if he has that computer with him.  I think you are completely misunderstanding the whole point of RWW.  It's not Terminal Server.  

If this user normally runs that application (which you say is on the SBS) from his laptop when it's connected to the LAN, then you need to have him use a VPN connection as I stated above.  He can download the Small Business Server Connection Manager VPN Client from the RWW main menu.

Jeff
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macastriAuthor Commented:
I see Jeff you are interpreting my problem.
I have understood that RWW is the tool to use with SBS 2003 because Terminal server is available only for administrator.
Evidently I misunderstood the function of RWW.

As you advice, the correct way to connect this user that always travels with his laptop, is to use a VPN.
Now the question is:
If I can not use Terminal Server or RWW, is a VPN the right solution in a SBS 2003 environment?
Is there any other suggestion?
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Jeffrey Kane - TechSoEasyPrincipal ConsultantCommented:
Nobody should be able to log onto the SBS's Desktop except an administrator for administrative purposes.

If you have an application that needs to run in a Terminal Server environment, it cannot run on the SBS, but instead you need to install a separate Terminal Server for that.  See http://sbsurl.com/sbstss for details on how this is done.  

Generally though, if you have an application that actually runs on the client machines, but just keeps it's data on the SBS, then RWW is perfect for those users that have desktops in the office and VPN is perfect for those who have laptops.

Jeff
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