Remote Computer Access with Multiple Simultaneous Users

Hi Experts, does anyone know of a product that would allow multiple simultaneous users connecting to an SBS2011 server remotely? This could be a paid program.

As far as I know products such as gotomypc, logmein, etc all only allow a single access at any given moment. I'm not sure if SBS2011 supports terminal services or not, but that may be an option if it does, but only if there is not another solution.

I'm trying to get 2-3 users access to the server remotelyh for the purposes of getting access to run Quickbooks. The Quickbooks datafile is on the server currently accessed via a 2003 terminal server setup...going away in July....

Any ideas or suggestions?
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David Johnson, CD, MVPOwnerCommented:
SBS servers don't support Terminal Services which is what you want.  Do achieve this you have to add the Premium Add-On Server and have a separate server.. This server can support terminal services don't forget that you will also need to purchase TS/RDS cals

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ChiITAuthor Commented:
That's what I was afraid of...seems like a lot of overkill for just a few users who need quickbooks access..I'm going to test a sonicwall vpn setup. I know that will allow the remote access to the network, just not sure what the performance will be like..slow I'm guessing.
Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
If you value the quickbooks data, I wouldn't use it over VPN.

You need either a Terminal Server (Correctly called a Remote Desktop Server these days) or a full computer for the users to remote into.  (You could also look at using Multipoint, but it's not much of a cost savings over Remote Desktop Services).

If you go with the RDS, make sure you buy a volume license for the Windows server so that you can easily get the media and keys for 2008 R2 instead - otherwise, you'll also have to buy 2012 CALs.  (SBS 2011 CALs cover Server 2008 R2 and earlier - add a newer server to the network and you'll need new CALs).
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F PCommented:
You can have 2 concurrent connections via RDP in Windows, so I recommend just using that.
F PCommented:
The 3rd session can be in a disconnect or logged out state, unless you also want to give someone remote console access with another application, then just have the other 2 on RDP..
F PCommented:
If the RD Session Host role service is not installed on the computer, a connection can only allow a maximum of two simultaneous remote connections to the computer.
Configure the Number of Simultaneous Remote Connections Allowed for a Connection
ChiITAuthor Commented:
Thanks all, if I use the RDP, say 2 users are logged on, will they both be able to use Quickbooks at the same time?   Licensing with Quickbooks is not an issue, we have a 5 user license, its more sharing the application that would be installed on the server.
ChiITAuthor Commented:
Lee, also is your comment about vpn because of the latency and possible quickbooks database corruption?
Cliff GaliherCommented:
You need RDS. The two RDP sessions allowed without RDS are only for admin purposes. End users running applications is NOT permitted on those connections.
Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
If it was just latency you might be able to deal... but VPN connectivity requires BOTH internet connections to be stable and solid.  Such connections are FAR more prone to disconnections than your office LAN.

And to second Cliff, giving your users admin rights to the server is beyond foolish in my opinion.
ChiITAuthor Commented:
I am not planning on giving anyone admin rights. I don't believe however that rdp requires a user to be an admin.
Cliff GaliherCommented:
Without installing RDS, it requires a significant amount of extra work, and as I said above, is still not legal for non-administrative purposes. Its called "admin mode" for a reason.
ChiITAuthor Commented:
Thanks Cliff, noted.
F PCommented:
Yes, you can with quickbooks, as long as you put it in server mode. I believe there's a way to setup the server.
ChiITAuthor Commented:
Thanks both for your input. Both solutions give me a starting point on where to look on how to implement this.
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