Originally Posted by dbxuau
Here is my dilemma. I just bought windows server 2008 r2 with 5 remote CAL licenses. I have 5 employees in the office that I have hooked into the domain piece of cake with folder redirection and all of that on their workstations. What is the best way to get them to access the same resources when they are out of the office? Right now I have them directly logging into the server under their own profile but with admin rights stripped away with a pretty hefty GPO. I read last night that most people believe this is dangerous, and I can now understand why. So that begs the question, is this what the Hyper-V stuff is for? To install VM machines and use those as private desktops? Whats my solution here? thanks a ton
Unless you installed Remote Desktop Services (RDS) on your server, you are violating the Microosft TOS. By default, if you enable Remote Desktop on 2008 R2, you are enabling it in the "Remote Desktop for Administration" mode. This means that you can only connect two Administrator users remotely to perform "administrative tasks" against the server. You cannot have users executing productivity applications.
If your user workstations are running Windows 7 client machines, the easiest way may be to implement a Remote Desktop Gateway and have them remote into their own workstations through the Remote Desktop Gateway.
Alternatively, the old methodology would be to configure a VPN and have your users connect to their desktops over the VPN.
A third alternative is to NAT different external ports to the IP address of each workstation. This is only possible if you have a small number of target hosts that you want to connect to. For example, you could NAT external port 33891 to internal port 3389, and point to IP address of 192.168.100.181. Of course, if you did it this way, you would have to assign static IP addresses to each workstation, or at least DHCP reservations.
Hyper-V is a virtualization solution. If your host is hefty enough, you can install enough virtual Windows clients for each of your users to connect to. You can configure a mandatory virtual machine for them to use in Active Directory under each user's profile. Hyper-V has no relation to Remote Desktop.