Remote Desktop over vpn vs Remote Desktop direct?

How much more secure is connection 1 versus connection 2:

Connection 1:  From a home computer, vpn into an office network using VPN Client Access on a Forefront TMG 2010 server.  Then, over the vpn, remote desktop to the inside ip address of an office workstation.

Connection 2: Publish the office workstation to the internet using an outside IP address, allowing only RDP connections and remote desktoping to the office workstation from the home computer directly, using Remote Desktop.

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David Johnson, CD, MVPOwnerCommented:
over a vpn is more secure since the rdp port is not accessible outside of your network. Traffic is not sniffable outside of the vpn. The downside that there is a performance penalty and rdp traffic is already encrypted.

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Amitabh SinghAWS Certified Solution Architect | L3 IT Specialist for CloudCommented:
Connection 1 is most Secure as your Data channel Encryption and no one on internet able to hack your Data , opening RDP Port 3389 is not secure as anyone on internet can hack your connection .
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