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How do I allow access to windows server 2008 from the web - I have five users configured in active directory and want to allow 2 of these users access from there home pc.
what port do I open on my firewall. can I test this senario on a LAN.

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If you want to use RDP  to access the server then is port 3389, if its a web server then port 80 and port 443.
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You need to use Remote Desktop to connect to the Terminal Services server on your server. Internally inside your network, you can simply run the program mstsc.exe from the command line, enter the local IP address of the server, and then connect to it.

Externally, you cannot do this - the correct ports are not open to make it possible. In this case, you must do as mentioned above - open port 3389 in your router/firewall and ensure it is forwarded to the IP of your server 2008 machine. Pick your router/firewall from the list at http://www.portforward.com/english/applications/port_forwarding/Terminal_Services/Terminal_Servicesindex.htm, and you will be given a guide on forwarding the port which is specific to your router.

Once you've opened the port, you must run the mstsc.exe program at a remote workstation and enter the static external IP address which you have been provided by your ISP. Again, enter the username and password when prompted, and you will be allowed to log in.

Remember that without purchasing Terminal Services CALs, you will always be limited to a maximum of 2 user sessions on the 2008 server, because the server will be running in Remote Administration mode. This means if both your remote users are logged in together, you will be asked to end one of their sessions if you wish to log in.

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