Re: Calling all Computer Geeks
Well I'm a bit late for this party but reading through it I would suggest the same as the prop management people.
Accessing a database can be slow over a lan, especially smb type ones that don't have an enterprise back end, so connecting to it directly over a VPN isn't going to be great.
Terminal Services (or RDP) is a cut down version of Citrix, you don't need Citrix for your environment, it's nice, and you're right it's expensive.
Don't do what a lot of people do and open port 3389 (Terminal Services) directly to the internet, setup a VPN first. As you have SBS with 2 network cards ensure you have port 1723 (if you want to use a PPTP VPN) on your router, and that it passes through to your servers external network card.
On the server ensure that the VPN is enabled either through the internet connection wizard in server management, or in the Routing and Remote Access MMC.
Ensure your username has dial in rights.
You should now be able to VPN into the office from your home. Once this is connected open up Remote Desktop Connection and type in the IP or name of your work PC.
If it's slow try reducing the resolution and colours.
Hope that helps!
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