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This is a continuation of http://www.experts-exchange.com/Software/System_Utilities/Remote_Access/VPN/Q_23483016.html#a21795379

All the basic details are there.

I was finally able to VPN to the server & RDT to a workstation but it was really too involved for my users.
I will want advice on the chances of streamlining the process.

I will post details this weekend once I have a chance to go over everything again.

Thanks.

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by:Kenneniah
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If the sole purpose of the VPN is to use remote desktop, I'd skip VPN and just set up Remote Desktop Web Connection on a web server. Removes most of the hassle.
Basically users browse to a web page and this is what they get.....
http://www.petri.co.il/images/remote_desktop_web_xp.gif
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The link doesn't work for me.

Additional equipment is not an option at this point.

I just did a very quick look at an mskb article about Remote Desktop Web Connection.
It appears to be installed to talk TO a home computer.
I don't see anything about connecting to an XP workstation on a LAN from an XP computer that outside of the LAN.

Maybe I missed something.
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"It appears to be installed to talk TO a home computer."
Because the article you looked at was explaining it for home users to use in that method. Microsoft has different articles for different uses.

We use it here on our web server. From home, users just open Internet Explorer to our website, from which they can remote desktop to any PC on the company network they have the rights to. It doesn't require any extra hardware at all, you can run it in IIS which comes free for all Microsoft servers.

http://technet2.microsoft.com/windowsserver/en/library/1730dbc8-d264-4543-af37-f21069851a541033.mspx?mfr=true
http://technet2.microsoft.com/windowsserver/en/library/a09b6e94-86fc-4166-bc9f-714436df0aa31033.mspx

This link is more for home users also, but the first screenshot shows you what the website your users would browse to would look like.
http://www.internetfixes.com/customer_support/using_remote_desktop/

Once there they just type the network name or IP of their work computer into the box, and hit Connect.
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by:Prester John
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Thanks.

I will look at this and get back.
It may take a while for me to get all my quacks in a row.
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I have been delayed. sorry
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No worries, I'm in no hurry! All that matters to me is that you find a solution that works for you, mine or otherwise.
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still delayed :-\
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Temporarily back.
To recap:
Looking into the history of the server administration, it seems that RDT was the has been the access of choice since forever.
RWW was never installed and it seems that VPN was always a strange booger that had its own problems.

Since I updated SBS with the Service Packs I am locked into one choice if I want RWW: reinstall the O/S.
Not gonna happen unless the servers explode.

What a load of carp.  :-/

I will explore Remote Desktop Web Connection as soon as I get the time.
Hopefully later this week.

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ping
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It looks like my connection problem is a firewall issue.
I'm gonna have to deal with that on another level.

I got good info from a lot of you but the ultimate solution was not with any info provided by any of you.

I will give points & grades later.

Thanks for your help.
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by:Prester John
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The info was useful on another problem.

Thanks!
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