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I thought I would throw this out there because I am at my wits end.  Have a customer with a tunnel created between 2 offices over the internet.  Now, they want to be able run software using 2 Pervasive databases (1 in each office) that does scheduling for them.  They want to open both office databases in both offices.  It's unbearably slow and I suspect it will corrupt something if they continue to use it.  There is a single machine in each location.

Is there some sort of Virtual Server software that I could install so that users could be sitting in front of their desktops then open a virtual desktop to the other machine, in the other office (without disturbing that user) and run the scheduling software?  Any pointers are great appreciated.
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Remote Desktop is great.. .just open up and forward port 3389 on the router and that will give you faster access to the data than you have now.

To clarify, are you trying to propose Virtual Machines as a solution, or you are saying this is already in a Virtual environment on both ends?
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What I am thinking is something like Remote Desktop on both ends, BUT without booting people off their computers to do it.  
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so like TightVNC or RealVNC?  That will let you "remote control" a computer, but both parties will see what's going on (shared desktop), not 2 people on at once.

You could also just setup two simple, cheap computers (one at each site) for the purpose of remote desktop if you're worried about the users being able to use their computers.
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VNC wouldn't work for this specifically because I need to have a user actually on the machine and a remote session working at the same time.
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Then can you leave a pc at each location dedicated to remote desktop?
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I could, but that seems extreme.  Is there no way to allow multiple RDP without interrupting the user?
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You can use terminal services to run multiple instances of an application from a server, but I think what you're getting at is really that you want the user to control the machine remotely (so you're not just accessing the data over VPN - which is slow).

The other option is to run a Virtual Machine on the remote PCs and connect to THAT (minimized), so the current user does not notice what is going on (other than their computer is slower for the shared resources and lost RAM.
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