Windows Server 2008 Foundation and Remote Desktop access
Posted on 2010-09-10
I need to provide remote access to some very old accounting software. This is just for two remote users. In addition there are two local users making a total of 4 PCs accessing the accounts package.
The solution I have been using for the last six years is a server running Windows Server 2003 Standard Edition with a lan to lan VPN to a remote site. Two XP Pro desktops then use Remote Desktop to run the accounting software on the server. The performance in this mode is OK given the speed of the link. I am limited to 2 remote sessions only with the Server 2003 Standard Edition, but this is fine.
I need to upgrade the server hardware now and am thinking of moving to Windows Server 2008 Foundation Edition. In addition I'll replace the PCs running XP Pro with new desktops running Win 7 Pro.
I will need to test the accounting software running on the 64 bit OS and this may be a significant change. Would testing this under 64 bit Windows 7 given me any guidance as to how it might run on the 64 bit server ? Can you think of a better way - once I buy the server from Dell I will be committed to keep it.
Does Foundation edition allow 2 remote desktop sessions "out of the box" or do I need to buy terminal server CALs and setup the terminal server role ?
Can you think of a smarter way of delivering this functionality - I had thought of using two ordinary PCs on the site with the server and using GoToMyPC for remote access. This would allow me to eliminate having a server at all. Thoughts ?