MS Terminal servers for remote access.

Hey guys,

This client buying 10 MS TS blades for remote access their things internally from the HQ to the Colo.  They do not have any web-based interface to access their documents.  

Is there a better ways to do that?  I also wonder how many users will be able to connect simultaneously.

Please advice.  Thanks.
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Boyd (HiTechCoach) Trimmell, Microsoft Access MVPCommented:
Have you tried using an RDP session?

<<I also wonder how many users will be able to connect simultaneously.>>
How many TS Cals did they purchase?

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Tiras25Author Commented:
Actually I wonder why they don't use RDP.  How many can connect simultaneoulsly via RDP?  Would that be a huge load on the system?
Boyd (HiTechCoach) Trimmell, Microsoft Access MVPCommented:
<<This client buying 10 MS TS blades for remote access...>>

Does htis mean they will have 10 TS's in the server farm?
<<Actually I wonder why they don't use RDP>>

AFAIK, the only way to assess a  TS is through a RDP client.  

<<How many can connect simultaneoulsly via RDP?>>

I have a client with a TS server farm with 8 blades. They have 500+ RDP concurrent sessions (users) running POS software 12/hrs a days 6/day a week..

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Tiras25Author Commented:
Yes 10 TS physical servers (hp blades) in the farm.

Terminal Server would be much easier on bandwidth than making a VPN and accessing files remotely.  But at that cost (10 servers + ___ client boxes), you might investigate a high bandwidth connections, like FastEthernet or even 1+Gbps link with fiber.

In my building you can get 100Mbps for under $1,000/month for a straight internet connection.  I think they have upwards of 2-5Gbps in the building via fiber.
The bottleneck will definitely be bandwidth and the resulting user experience.
Even more important than bandwidth sometimes is latency.
I have users you access through 3G+
RDP doesn't pass much data but the user experience is poor because the 3G+ goes through hop after slow hop after slow hop
Have a look at the stuff at

The technical whitepaper has the <comforting not> sentence
<The only way to truly know the network capacity required is to test under real-world circumstances>

It will depend heavily on WHAT they are accessing/sharing
A good DFS setup with Server 2008 R2 and high bandwidth will be good for straight file sharing

Database apps.  Not so much.

<remote access their things internally>
The definition of 'things' matters a lot.
Tiras25Author Commented:
Good info.  Let me look into this.  I will close a question soon.  Thanks.
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