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VPN v. Terminal Server

By pabtb ·
I started with looking into a VPN but couln't make it work and am currently just using terminal server(TS). Win2K Server and work and home, both connected by cable. TS is neat but I think it would be more productive to set up a VPN. I have tried on several occasions and got it to work sporadically and when I did, I couldn't connect to network resources at work....i.e. past the server. The network at work has 3 systems, win2k server and 2 win2k pro machines, network works fine, web is shared through server, it works fine. Has anyone had to do this? and how.
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by Gregory W. Smith In reply to VPN v. Terminal Server

You should be able to do the VPN (sorry, no further tips) but depending on the application, Terminal services can be MUCH faster. For instance, say you want to administer Exchange (or pull up a large Word document). In either case, the data will come up far faster "locally" at the server and just shoot screens over to you. Whereas, with the VPN, you will have to wait for the data.

However, WTS is slower manipulating it as you have to send all screen updates across the wire, and with the VPN, data is "local" at your remote machine and therefore access is faster once it is in memory.

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by pabtb In reply to VPN v. Terminal Server

Thanks for your reply. I am aware of all that and won't lose TS once (if i ever) get the VPN to work. With TS you cannot copy files from the remote machine, you have to e-mail them, this is as designed. I want to be able to pull up wordperfect, locally, and access the data remotely, it is much quicker (my machine at home is quicker than the one at work, imagine that!) and the delays minimal. Also, any sound clips, etc, cannot be heard through TS. Thanks for your reply.

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by Gregory W. Smith In reply to VPN v. Terminal Server

Actually, MetaFrame will both allow sound and give you "remote drives" if loaded on top of WTS... Just a thought

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by pabtb In reply to VPN v. Terminal Server

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by COsloot In reply to VPN v. Terminal Server

I am not sure but do you have a firewall that is interfering with your VPN setup. I am working on Win Server 2000 using its terminal services. I have installed Office 2000 but I have not run any tests yet. Your information is helpful. Microsoft Engineers assure me that using Windows 2000 Server with its built in Terminal Services runs faster and more efficient than the old NT 4.0 Terminal Server. the client licenses are also cheaper. Thanks for the information.

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by pabtb In reply to VPN v. Terminal Server

No firewall yet. Terminal server is faster, i am sure of that. One other reasont that I want the VPN is that I can run Outlook from home, and pull up my outlook file at work also, can't do that with TS, I have to open TS, then open my e-mail there.....I want just one. Thanks.

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by Sindian In reply to VPN v. Terminal Server

Actually it isn't more productive. All the work your doing through TS is being saved at work which is most likely what you want. If the applications are slow add more ram to the server and on the W2K server. It is as secure as a VPN. As for not being able to get to network resources it sounds like you have a permissions problem. I'm sure you checked everything. I will set my W2K server to use VPN and then try logging on at home through my cable connection and let you know the results and how i got it to work.

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by pabtb In reply to VPN v. Terminal Server

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by spreck76 In reply to VPN v. Terminal Server

What kind of Firewall do you have? Several Firewalls won't allow Microsoft VPN through. Even Microsoft Proxy, Cisco PIX and a handfull of others won't. Microsoft released their ISA server which will. ISA is their Internet Security and Acceleration server.
Hope this helps.

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by spreck76 In reply to VPN v. Terminal Server

Check all network Hardware (Switches, Hubs etc.) since the VPN connection is a sporadic problem. The big disadvantage about TS is that if you start dropping Packets, TS will kick you out. If you are not running the Licensed version of TS it will lock the 2 default accounts open for an X amount of time and you will not be able to use them.

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