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  • We have Windows Small Business Server 2008 Premium with Windows Server 2008 running SQL on a second server. I would like to find out some more details on the Terminal Services side of things.

    - How does Terminal Services work under SBS 2008?  What can you access? Do you need a remote workstation in the office to control or do you typically access applications etc directly on the server?

    - Can a remote user connect via Terminal Services and actually use software packages that we use on the business network? If so, would they have to access a physical workstation?  Presumably they would not use the applications directly on the server?

    - Do you still need additional Terminal Services licences for SBS 2008 terminal services?

    - Is it best practice to have a dedicated terminal services server? I'm not keen on using our existing SBS 2008 server OR our Windows Server 2008 SQL box for remote connections mainly from a security point of view, but also from a performance aspect.

    Thanks in advance



    Thursday, August 4, 2011 1:58 PM

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  • Hi,

    Answers inline:

    Q: How does Terminal Services work under SBS 2008?  What can you access? Do you need a remote workstation in the office to control or do you typically access applications etc directly on the server?

    A: You connect to the Terminal Server using the Remote Desktop Connection Client and run applications on the server.  You do not need a remote workstation in the office to control since you are logging on to the TS server.

    Q: Can a remote user connect via Terminal Services and actually use software packages that we use on the business network? If so, would they have to access a physical workstation?  Presumably they would not use the applications directly on the server?

    A: Yes, a remote user may use software packages installed on the TS server, access files/printers/servers on your business network, etc.  Yes, they use applications directly on the TS server.

    Q: Do you still need additional Terminal Services licences for SBS 2008 terminal services?

    A: Yes, you need to purchase RDS/TS CALs for each user or device (your choice) that will be connecting to the TS.

    Q: Is it best practice to have a dedicated terminal services server? I'm not keen on using our existing SBS 2008 server OR our Windows Server 2008 SQL box for remote connections mainly from a security point of view, but also from a performance aspect.

    A: Yes, it is best practice to have a dedicated TS server.  People may choose to run terminal server on the same server as other functions depending on their specific requirements, budget, server capacity, security concerns, etc.  You may not run TS on the primary SBS server, but you may run it on the additional server that you are running SQL on if you wish.

    One way to think of a Terminal Server is that it is a mult-user workstation.  Imagine a computer with lots of monitors, keyboards, and mice hooked to it, with each user getting their own desktop.

    -TP

     

    • Proposed as answer by TP []MVP Tuesday, August 16, 2011 2:30 AM
    • Marked as answer by BadBoyHouse Tuesday, August 16, 2011 7:26 AM
    Saturday, August 13, 2011 6:34 AM