Enabling Remote Web Access on Windows Server 2012

We have a Windows server 2012 for a small office of 5 users. There is also a retail store as part of the office,  that uses a POS system. We are trying to setup the ability to use gift cards, and for some reason the POS company/tech (that is handling the setup) needs to make it so Remote web access is turned on so they can access the server by browser/IP address, something having to do with setting up gift cards for the retail store. I'm being told from the POS company, that setting up remote web access on the server is only for internal use, and the server will not be accessed remotely. As it is now, if you type the server IP into the browser, you get a message saying "Remote Web Access is turned off - To turn on remote web access..." - So, if I run thru the steps of setting up "remote web access", and its looking for me to purchase/install a certificate, which as far as I knew was related to accessing the server from outside of the office, which isnt needed in this scenario. Are certificates used internally as well? Does anyone have experience in setting this up? Any help would be greatly appreciated.
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Cliff GaliherCommented:
Remote Web Access is a feature or Essentials an its sole purpose is remote access from the outside. It does require a certificate.

Remote Desktop Web Access only makes remote access easier. It is not required for remote access at all, internally or externally.

Somebody is messing up big time and installing either of those roles will be problematic if the POS system takes credit cards at all. You'll be out of PCI compliance guaranteed.

Any reputable tech support will have their own remote support solution that requires no install or changes on the server. Team viewer, Bomgar,  LogMeIn, GoToAssist, have all been in this space for years. Push back on the company.

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hodgemAuthor Commented:
I'm sorry if I didnt explain correctly. We do have remote access to the server using logmein, but what the POS company needs to setup, has nothing to really do with remotely accessing the server from outside, as you would using logmein or any of those. For some reason they need this setup so the POS system computers are able to access the server IP address thru a browser. Is a certificate needs for this?
Cliff GaliherCommented:
"For some reason"  

That's why you should push back. If they can't articular that reason or you don't understand it, don't do it.  Something here just isn't maming sense and beungbable to access a point of sale system from a browser by IP is always going to be a PCI/DSS red flag.  I can virtually guarantee you some me is screwing up if this is being presented as needed.
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