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Access anywhere in a Server 2012 R2 environment

I am in the process of replacing a clients domain controller and terminal server. I am replacing them with a server 2012 r2 DC and and server 2012 R2 running RDS. The RDS is to allow 4 or 5 users to access an application that runs at head office.

Many of the staff currently also access their individual workstations using rdp -  I think using a VPN.

Due to the cost of the RDS cals, they would like these users to continue accessing their own workstations in this way.

I would like to set up a better way of doing this without using VPN. I know in the older versions of small business server, users can log into the remote web workplace and access their workstations that way.

I understand that Access Anywhere in server essentials is a similar solution. Is there a way of getting this type of web interface working in their new environment as described above?
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Commented:
Not without RDS CALs. Anywhere Access is built on RDGateway using it on a stamdard edition server requires CALs as does any RDS technology.
roy_battyDirector

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Commented:
Even though they arent actually RDPing into the server?
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Any use of an RDS technology, even if it is just RDGateway, requires an RDS CAL. So yes, even though they aren't RDPing into a server, a CAL is required in that setup. VPN is your best option.
roy_battyDirector

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Well that is what they are currently doing so I guess it's one less thing to change.

If I wanted to do away with the VPN and just use RDP, I guess I would need to open a separate port for each workstation then port forward each port to the individual PCs.
roy_battyDirector

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Thanks for clearing that up for me