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    I have a genaral question.
    I want to connect to computers in a 2008 environment directly.
    In earlier environments it was possible to directly connect to the computers using a vpn connection.

    From the 2008 version we have to first connect to the server and from the server we connect to the local pc`s.

    I think there must be a better we to do this, can somebody tell me how to do this?

  • #2
    Re: Connect to computers direct with RDP

    The idea is you connect to the server using https and then remote access over that -- zero configuration, minimal user training and maximum security.

    VPNs are still available IIRC -- you may need to install the role first -- as is direct connection over port 3389 to the server (or clients depending on port forwarding on your router)
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    • #3
      Re: Connect to computers direct with RDP

      Configuring the VPN is still available through a wizard in the SBS console.
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      • #4
        Re: Connect to computers direct with RDP

        First of all, let me say that RWW/RWA is the best way to go.
        There is also a way that if certain stations have a constant IP and that 3389 is opened on the router/firewall, you can get to the stations directly.

        Let's say STATION1, STATION2 and STATION3 are, .13 and .14 respectively.
        Then in the firewall you configure anything coming in on port 3390 to be redirected to port 3389 on ie STATION1
        Similarly redirect port 3391 to 3389 on and port 3392 to 3389 on
        So you would connect to STATION1 directly by using RDP to etc.
        You would need to limit the RDP to a single IP or known list, or it would be pretty unsafe and open to attack (Google TSGRINDER)

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