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Terminal Services solution proposal

Hi all

We are currently in the middle of meetings and discussions with one potential customer of what would be the best solution regarding the following scenario.

40 Employees working abroad, outside the central office( remote workers)
5 Employees working inside the central office
Mainly they will be working with emails and files.

Our proposed solution is to have a hosted environment of servers located at the premises of our ISP
1 server running Domain Controller 2008 R2 with Terminal Services for file sharing
1 server running exchange 2010 for emails
1 server running ESX server for Disaster Recovery

At the central office there will only be computers that will connect via RDP on the servers hosted at the premises of our ISP. No servers, no racks, no UPS no server room will exists at the central office.

I would like to hear your opinion about such a solution as this is the first time we are thinking to propose a hosted solution. What are the considerations one must seriously think before moving to a hosted environment? What are the alternatives in case the central office has no internet connection?

Thanks
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terrylhinesCommented:
I would add a firewall at both ends and configure a branch office VPN. This will streamline user conenctivity from HQ. Reducing executive aggrivation and providing a more seamless approach. When you think about it (In What I call a properly configured Network implimenting a DMZ) users are always remote from the data center. It's just a question of bandwidth and redundency. We use a similur approach for our own customers.
For the totally paranoid I would impliemnt a simple DR solution usein Veeam backup and store a replica at the companies Head Quarters. This will lay to rest any objection to your proposed solution.
One of the issues you will have is file access and backup . This is once again a bandwidth constraint. More than likely many of these users live off of thier laptop. Which will need to be backed up. What line of business applications do they currently use are they VM compatible?
TH
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giorgosy78Author Commented:
Thank you for the advice.

We are not having in mind in implementing a virtual machine scenario. Production servers will run their operating systems on physical environment and i will use esxi essentials just for converting every now and then those machines. I am planning to use also Backup exec system recovery for my daily backups and also as a secondary disaster recovery strategy.

As i mentioned before we shall instruct all employees to use only remote desktop for every operation. That means no files will be saved on their local laptops. Their laptops and desktops will have only the operating system installed and nothing else.

What do you think of that?

Thanks

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giorgosy78Author Commented:
Excellent
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