Problem: 30 user group accesses a D3 Pick Database with accuterm and tinyterm on various devices. I want to set up a terminal server with accuterm to resolve emulating problems. Looking for help.

I support a small 30 user company who access a D3 Pick database using various terminal applications on Macs, PCs, Android and IOS devices. There are constant terminal emulation problems due to the fact that the emulation they get is based on their IP address and/or MAC address. I want to transition to the use of a terminal server so that they can all remote desktop to a single install of Accu-term that is properly configured and is easily scaled for various devices. Problem is that there needs to be a way of identifying the device and its location (in office, on the road, working from home) so that other profile parameters specific to the user such as printer locations can be auto-configured. Looking for anyone with suggestions on how they would connect to the server and other ideas.

Thank you
Michael GrayAsked:
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Tony GiangrecoCommented:
Server 2003 just hit end of life. You should consider migrating to 2012 to make it more compatible with the different clients like Mac, Android and other O/S and devices that need to connect. In addition to that, your TS apps will probably be more compatible on a 2012 server unless they are very old or home grown and have never been updated.

Server 2012 runs RDS server which is the new name for Terminal Server and it's more secure.

Hope this helps!
Michael GrayAuthor Commented:
We have a 2012 server available. I was using the 2003 for testing.

Only about 5 users with need access to the application from homes or other remote locations. Is it a safe, secure practice to setup port forwarding ports for those users to access through the router to their session on the RDS server?
Tony GiangrecoCommented:
I would not forward the standard RDP ports. Hackers look for that as an opportunity to break through.  We installed a Sonicwall firewall and opened a different port that we use for RDP. Our Sonicwall firewall redirects user to the normal RDP port.

We use a Sonicwall TZ215W which as worked out very well. I would not depend on the Windows firewall to keep your RDP connection secure.  The hackers are highly skilled in finding ways to break in.

Hope this helps!

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