Connecting to Home Office

Discussion in 'Windows Small Business Server' started by Khalil Asslan, May 30, 2004.

  1. What is the best way to connect clients to home office. I have a Server
    SBS2003 and 10 workstations (98/Xp). I want to connect a small office (3
    workstations 98/xp Workgroup) to the Home SBS2003 office on daily basis. How
    do I do it?

    1. Have VPN server at Home and VPN clients remote.??
    2. Direct Line (ADSL) PCAnywhere ??
    3. Direct Line and Terminal Service??

    I want the remote office client's to work full 8 hours daily remotly. Mainly
    to save the Price of New Server, Software, and License, and services.

    Thank you
    Khalil Asslan, May 30, 2004
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  2. Khalil Asslan

    Mark Guest

    There is no Terminal Services in app mode in SBS 2003,
    PCAywhere will not work unless they have a computer at
    the office to log into.
    Mark, May 30, 2004
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  3. What SBS resources the remote office will be using? Email, Company Intranet,

    If you need to access files in the remote office-> How many? Size?
    frequency? (think in terms of bandwidth).
    Javier Gomez [SBS MVP], May 30, 2004
  4. The remote office will have to access all applications, Mainly Accounting
    applications 8 hours a day, No email or Internet.. I mean to work normally
    the same as the home clients do in an accounting office.
    I can spare a workstation at Home Office for Pc Anywhere com.

    Khalil Asslan, May 31, 2004
  5. Khalil Asslan

    Andrew H Guest

    Could you afford to put Server 2003 on that spare or new workstation to set
    it up as a Terminal Server member server for full functionality? Last I
    knew, PCAnywhere wouldn't support multiple independent user sessions, which
    is what you would want in your environment where each user is doing their
    own thing.

    Andrew H, May 31, 2004
  6. Since, you appear to need terminal server of some sort... you really have 2

    1) Get a cheap server for running 3 sessions in TS app mode. You would need
    the server, a Win2k3/2k Srv license and maybe TS CALs.

    2) Get 3 cheap workstations on the main office that run WinXPpro (or take
    the 3 in the remote office put them in the main one and get 3 almost-junk
    workstations <$100 for the remote office). The important thing is that the
    3PCs in the mainoffice are running XP Pro and can handle the workload of
    whatever is that you are going to do with them (obviusly these workstations
    don't need monitors, keyboards, ect.).

    If you don't plan to go beyond 3 workstations, option #2 is probably
    cheaper... but #1 will allow you to increment the number of workstations in
    the remote office for a marginal increment in cost (as long as the HW can
    keep up). I would go with #1... just because 2 is messier.

    Javier [SBS MVP]

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    Javier Gomez [SBS MVP], May 31, 2004
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