Terminal Services win2008 RS server - guidance please

I have been given 20cals for terminal services (rdp) for a win2008 server.  My client has 3 servers a DC, a database server and the terminal server which is a member server -  (they are all virtual).  I need to give their users access to the db server from the internet and from inside the office.   I am hoping I can give them a rdp session that will launch a desktop environment for them to gain access to the db server from either the LAN or the internet.

I want to know what is the best way to do this or should I be doing this another way?

Thanks  
martinmcginleyAsked:
Who is Participating?

[Product update] Infrastructure Analysis Tool is now available with Business Accounts.Learn More

x
I wear a lot of hats...

"The solutions and answers provided on Experts Exchange have been extremely helpful to me over the last few years. I wear a lot of hats - Developer, Database Administrator, Help Desk, etc., so I know a lot of things but not a lot about one thing. Experts Exchange gives me answers from people who do know a lot about one thing, in a easy to use platform." -Todd S.

Larry LarmeuPrincipal ConsultantCommented:
It sounds like Terminal Server is your best option as long as your applications support it.
0
dr_linuxCommented:
Verify that the database server is accepting TCP connections to the database.  The terminal server will then be able to access the database.  Then add the accounts to the Terminal Server that will require remote desktop access (be sure to add them to Remote Desktop Users Group on the TS).
That will get you setup internally.  For external access you will need to setup some sort of VPN access into the Terminal Server for remote users to connect.  That is the best way to accommodate local and remote access to applications or whatever.
0
martinmcginleyAuthor Commented:
thanks for the response.  Yes the db accepts tcp connections.  When you say add the accounts to the terminal server, does mean add them into terminal services?  The terminal server is part of a domain, would'nt I use the accounts already created in the domain?

Thanks
0
10 Tips to Protect Your Business from Ransomware

Did you know that ransomware is the most widespread, destructive malware in the world today? It accounts for 39% of all security breaches, with ransomware gangsters projected to make $11.5B in profits from online extortion by 2019.

Larry LarmeuPrincipal ConsultantCommented:
The domain accounts have to be in the Remote Desktop Users group to be able to log into Terminal Services.  Place the domain accounts into that group.
0
dr_linuxCommented:
Yes, that is what I ment, the acconts already added on the domain... they just need to be added to the remote desktop user group but yes, you'll select those account from the list on the domain.
0
martinmcginleyAuthor Commented:
Thanks.  The users are in that group now.  So now I log into the terminal server with one of the user accounts (non-admin) I basiclly get the same desktop as the administrator does (win2008 server desktop).  Is that how it is supposed to work? If so can I change the user desktop so they only get the db app and a browser?
0
dr_linuxCommented:
They will have very limeted rights, even if they can see other stuff, they won't be able to do any admin functions.  but yes that is how it works.  You can add the links to the desktop that you'd like them to see.  I'm assuming the db app is already installed.
0

Experts Exchange Solution brought to you by

Your issues matter to us.

Facing a tech roadblock? Get the help and guidance you need from experienced professionals who care. Ask your question anytime, anywhere, with no hassle.

Start your 7-day free trial
martinmcginleyAuthor Commented:
Thanks for clearing that up.  The DB app will get installed tomorrow.
0
It's more than this solution.Get answers and train to solve all your tech problems - anytime, anywhere.Try it for free Edge Out The Competitionfor your dream job with proven skills and certifications.Get started today Stand Outas the employee with proven skills.Start learning today for free Move Your Career Forwardwith certification training in the latest technologies.Start your trial today
Windows Server 2008

From novice to tech pro — start learning today.