Terminal Server - looking for a good value approach.
Posted on 2011-11-01
I'm looking for advice on the best approach to a a remote access solution. Let me explain the current situation.
My customer has 4 PC's running a variety of XP Pro and Home and Windows 7 in a small office. One of the XP Pro machines has been acting locally as a file server and holds the database for a shared application. They now need to add a new component, again for shared access for up to 4 users but with one of them having remote access
The manufacturer of the software has recommended that they have a new Sever (Server 2008) solely as a device to provide remote desktop/terminal so that the one user can access the software remotely. They've quoted £1800 for the server alone; great for business but I have my clients interests to consider and I think this seems a little over the top,
I know that XP Pro will allow remote desktop access but I believe that this allows only a single user, i.e. remote logon will kick-off local user which I want to avoid as they would like local access at the same time.
I assume that they will require a 4 user licence (3 local + 1 remote).
Other options I have considered are
1/ Remote access software such as LogMeIn
2/ A new PC with Windows 7 with remote access and no local user.
3/ Alternative software to allow RDP on the existing file server
There may be other options and am hoping for some useful suggestions.
Thanks in advance