Remote connection to server and applications
Posted on 2013-02-01
We have a new office coming on board. They will be remote and have 3 computers that share thier data at their end now by Logmein Hamachi. May still do that for thier office and 3 computers
We need to move their data, docs, xls, Quickbooks data to our server in another office. We have WIndows 2003 Standard edition on server in our main office with 15 workstatoins either XP Pro or WIndwos 7 Pro.
We have Comcast High Speed Business internet account and behind the Comcast modem is a Netgear Prosafe VPN FIrewall FVS338 which the phone gusy put in to handle phone system and another exisitng one man remote office phone system connection. We also have rules and port maps on the Netgear to allow main office users to connect remotely through it to their desktops in the main office when traveling etc
Since we typically have remote users connect on a one to one basis from remtoe location to their desktops in the main office using Remote Desktop connection through the Netgear router, we have never setup a VPN of any sort to allow them to connect to network and acccess data on the server or run apps without having a dsktop in main office to connect to.
Alot of this has been in place for long time and we have inherited it. We would like to know best and most cost efficeint way to allow users in new remote office to connect to main office and acccess data and some apps without having to have one computer at main office dedicated for each of the 3 new remote office users.
I would like to upgrade to SBS 2011 and bring email in house (currently COmcast hosted Exchange which has been flaky) and have the remote abilities of SBS available or put in a Terminal Server but the powers that be don't want to spend money.
They are also talking about going to Exchange 365 with 20 users which will add to internet traffic I asseume.
Anyway given all this, any ideas would be appreciated !