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Risk of RDP over VPN?

Posted on 2011-09-16
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I have a VPN and want to grant a user RDP to his desktop.
He has citrix access and Terminal server, but sometimes it's not always working as expected.

What risk do you think this might bring?

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To RDP over a proper VPN is secure. As long as the user is actually RDPing to an internal address and not just a NATed port on the firewall. (I've seen admins do this before.)
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You can also RDP over HTTPS for better security, as well.  

More importantly, this seems to be more of a bandaid to the original issue, which is the reliability of your remote Citrix/Terminal server connection.  Why is the Citrix/Terminal server connection unstable?  For example: If the user(s) connect to Citrix over VPN via an IPSec tunnel - You may need to adjust VPN clients MTU setting to avoid dropping packets (like with Cisco's IPSec VPN Client).  My preferrence is Cisco's AnyConnect VPN client and/or Citrix Access Gateway these are both SSL VPN solution, which typically are more stable.
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