Remote RDP Access to Server 2016

My client has a server 2016 box.  They want to access the server remotely via Remote desktop to access QuickBooks database file and network share drives.  Will they be able to access without having a terminal server license?
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Shaun VermaakTechnical SpecialistCommented:
You do not need RDP at all to access network shares.

How will they be accessing QuickBooks database file? If it not via application and through a share, for example, you do not need RDP at all.

If it is to access the QuickBooks application that is installed on the actual server, then yes, you need RDS licenses. The 3 sessions (one console) you have via server is for administration.
Infotech2008Author Commented:
Hello Shaun,

Currently, I have one of the user configured to RDP to a vacant PC at the office to access QuickBooks application to open company files on the network.  My client is asking me if I can remove the vacant PC and have the user RDP directly to the server to access QuickBooks application and database.  You already answered my question, it will require a RDS license and user cannot use RDP because 2 or 3 sessions is for administration purposes only.  Is VPN an option if QuickBooks is installed on remote PC or risky to corrupt database file?
Shaun VermaakTechnical SpecialistCommented:
Is VPN an option if QuickBooks is installed on remote PC or risky to corrupt database file?
I don't think it is risky but I assume you have backups in place

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David Johnson, CDRetiredCommented:
vpn will only allow access to Quickbooks data and not run quickbooks itself. So Quickbooks will have to be installed on ALL the workstations.
Permissions may be an issue
Share Level (eveyone read/write)
NTFS permissions see this guide from Intuit
Infotech2008Author Commented:
Thanks Shaun and David,

My Remote Desktop question was answered my Shaun.  David, your QuickBooks response was also helpful.  Thanks guys!
Shaun VermaakTechnical SpecialistCommented:
Anytime ;)
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