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Terminal Services SBS Work space issues

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Hi,

I have a SBS 2003 Server. I need users to be able to access the server remotely and be able to access files and applications. there are plans to upgrade the server in 12 months time but for now we need an interim solution for 3 users.

We have the remote web workplace enabled and that appears to work but i hear it is limited. The 3 users do not have access to remote into a physical Desktop only the server it self. It will not be used all day but several times a day and more than one connection at a time.

I dont want to go down the VPN as the connection is slow at the user's sites. therefore i want them to remote directly into the server.
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SBS cannot be used as a terminal server, full stop. You can set up desktop machines and use RWW, or you can set up a terminal server and access it via RWW or VPN, but you cannot t up SBS to be an end-user target via any connection method.

Also, as an aside, if the bandwidth is limited, a VPN will not be any faster than RWW.
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by:jamesstoner
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I do have a Server 2003 server on the network... can that be enabled for terminal services... If so what is the process ?

Many Thanks

James
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If it is already doing something else, then it may not be a good idea. TS doesn't co-exist with other roles very well. If it hosts an Exchange server, for example, do you *really* want to give users access to that machine (even without admin privileges) where they could tinker with things?  

But if you want to go down that road, yes it can usually be done as long as it doesn't conflict with other software, as mentioned above. It is simply a role on the server that you enable. TechNet has documentation on the process:

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc779334(v=WS.10).aspx

Now there are also licensing considerations. You will need Terminal Services (TS) CALs. Either device or user. And the way you determine that and figure out how many you need is very similar to how you would do so for SBS CALs. Figure out which model works best. Buy the appropriate number of CALs for each unique device or user, depending on which model you chose, and then install the CALs into the TS Licensing server (also covered in the TechNet doc.)
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