I am in the process of rebuilding an “HP Proliant DL380 G3 server”, 2-XEON 3.06 processors, 4GB ram, 2-HP Proliant 72.8GB hot-swap mirrored hard drives, Dual power supplies, Dual GB NICs. It will run a fresh copy of "Windows Server 2003 R2"
The server will be in an environment that will be connecting 3 sites via VPN. I will be using 3 “Netgear Prosafe FS228 VPN routers”. I've had good luck with these and they are very cost effective.
The Primary site
- Has 5 brand new Dell computers running Windows 7 premium (not professional). These computers are currently running in a peer to peer network where PC1 is acting as the server that runs the company's primary software "QuickBooks Point of Sale version 9" and
QuickBooks Pro 2010.
The 2nd site has 1 computer that will connect via the VPN
The 3rd site has 1 computer that will connect via the VPN
Both 2nd and 3rd sites have been running stand-alone but both have been acquired by the primary site - hence the reason to network all three centers.
Since this company is a small company with only a few PC's, I do not want to implement "Active Directory". I just want to keep the "Peer to Peer" network and have all users access the two databases, some 'word and excel" documents and share printers all from the server.
Can I effectively run “Windows Terminal Server” on a stand-alone server without Active Directory?
- There’s a 3rd party software called “Terminal Server Pro” It goes for - $249 (5 users)
- For the Enterprise Solution at $399 - https://www.elusiva.com/secure/shop.aspx?product=tse
I believe this is the only version of the two that supports Windows Server 2003
I’m not that familiar with setting up and configuring the Windows Terminal server and I thought this 3rd party software is a better way to go. In all my experience, the Microsoft licensing department has become more and more difficult to work with. Everybody in Microsoft is “Ala Carte”
Any help with any recomendations and my concerns would be appreciated