VPN access to Windows Server 2008R2

Posted on 2012-08-20
Last Modified: 2012-08-20

What is the preferred method to access a database application on a Windows 2008 server remotely. It is a standalone server with an internet connection. 8 clients need to access the application from different sites.
Would a standard Netgear Firewall router allow at least 5 concurrent connections ? or should I be looking at a more robust firewall solution.
The clients will need to access the server thru a VPN connection. The server has a static external ip address.
Appreciate your feedback on a cost effective solution.
Question by:saliyam
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    How are you planning to access the database server ? Is it through web interface or through a client software ?

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    thru a vpn connection to the server.
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    Highly recommend running the server as a Remote Desktop (RD) server and use a RD client to connect. This is the standard way to run databases with a rich client interface. You will not get the performance you want over a VPN almost guaranteed.

    For RDP sessions you need approx 256kB bandwidth per RD session, so for 5 sessions a decent DSL connection should suffice.

    If you want to run the client app over the remote connection you need 4 MB minimum.

    You would have to buy 5 RDS licenses ($600), but you won't need to purchase VPN software.
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    Understand that you would be connecting through the VPN.

    But how are you accessing the data base application ?

    For ex: Is there a database client installed on all the 8 clients ? Or is it a specific application on these 8 clients  which would be using the database service ? If it is an application, what is the protocol which the applications are using ?

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    Thanks for your prompt response.

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