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Configuring Terminal Server for Remote User Access

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I am configuring a 2003 Terminal Server for Clients to connect throught the Internet, I need this to be as secure as possible. I have looked at using 2X Application Server with the Web Portal hopefully over SSL if I can get it to work, any suggestions would be appreciated as to how to configure this securely.

My main questions is user Accounts, This is a single server that 5 different organizations will be connecting to with seperate data that each organization needs to keep private from the others. Should I create it as a Domain Controller or just as a stand alone server and use the built in user accounts?

With the DC enviroment I can use Group Policy to restrict access to the server but I don't know that I can do that with the loal user Accounts. Remove the C: drive, Launch only certain applications that type of thing, any suggestions or direction would be appreciated.

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I would highly recommend against making your terminal server a DC.

Preferably the terminal server would be a standalone member-server in its own OU to allow for application of a Terminal server specific Group policy.

Microsoft has some decent documents on this subject, I would suggest you review the document I attached. It goes over most of the basic group policy settings and configuration you may want to apply to lock down a terminal server.
Win2003-Teminal-Server-Lockdown.doc
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Thanks for the Post.

The Problem is this server is truly a Stand alone server there is no existing Domain for it to be a member of, so my options would be to make this server a DC or to use the Local User Accounts.
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In that case, you can leave it a stand alone server.

It would be more secure as a stand alone server using local accounts as it will run far less services which reduces it attack surface. You could still lock it down in that configuration. However if you need to apply different group policies to different sets of users, the  only solution would be to create a domain at setup user OU's and policies.
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