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Adding a Terminal server to the SBS Remote Web Workplace (RWW / RWA)

On a SBS 2011 or SBS 2008 server, if you want to add a Terminal Services server in Application mode to the Select Computer drop down list in Remote Web Workplace do the following:

1. logon to the SBS server

2. click on start and select run

3. in the run box type regedit

4. goto the following registry key HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWARE\Microsoft\SmallBusinessServer\RemoteUserPortal
If the RemoteUserPortal key does not exist, create it by right clicking on SmallBusinessServer and select New then Key, enter the name RemoteUserPortal.

5. right click on RemoteUserPortal and select New then Multi-String value create a multi-string (REG_MULTI_SZ) key called TsServerNames

6. double click the TsServerNames (REG_MULTI_SZ) key and enter the names of each Terminal Server (one per line) under Value data.

7. load the Windows Small Business Server 2011 Standard Console

8. select the Network Tab, select the terminal server and click on view computer properties

9. under user access, click on the "Can log on remotely to this computer" tick box for each user that needs access to the terminal server via Remote Web Workplace

Once this is done your users should be able to connect directly to the terminal server through the RWW website.

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Guest - Maury Markowitz on Friday, 27 July 2012 13:50

Hi Trevor, I hope you see this...

I am trying to find a server and remote access solution to get into my office, on a *very* limited budget. Our need is to allow the users to connect to their work computer from their home computer. However, one of those "home computers" is an iPad.

RWW and SBS were recommended as a solution. However, it appears that RWW only works in conjunction with an ActiveX plug-in intended for IE, which limits the client machines to Windows. So at first glance it seems this does not solve my problems.

But what I have been able to find on the topic seems to suggest that RWW and SBS's roles in the connection are fairly limited, acting as a sort of launch page for TS, and that once the connection is established, the communications are directly from the home to work machines - SBS and RWW are no longer involved - and RDP is talking to the work machine over this link.

If this is correct, I am wondering exactly what the RDP client on the home machine is talking to. Is this the same responder that I use to remote around the office now? If so, do I need RWW at all? Should I not simply VPN into the network then connect to the machine? Or does RWW imply some other sort of connection and this method would not work?

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Hi Trevor, I hope you see this... I am trying to find a server and remote access solution to get into my office, on a *very* limited budget. Our need is to allow the users to connect to their work computer from their home computer. However, one of those "home computers" is an iPad. RWW and SBS were recommended as a solution. However, it appears that RWW only works in conjunction with an ActiveX plug-in intended for IE, which limits the client machines to Windows. So at first glance it seems this does not solve my problems. But what I have been able to find on the topic seems to suggest that RWW and SBS's roles in the connection are fairly limited, acting as a sort of launch page for TS, and that once the connection is established, the communications are directly from the home to work machines - SBS and RWW are no longer involved - and RDP is talking to the work machine over this link. If this is correct, I am wondering exactly what the RDP client on the home machine is talking to. Is this the same responder that I use to remote around the office now? If so, do I need RWW at all? Should I not simply VPN into the network then connect to the machine? Or does RWW imply some other sort of connection and this method would not work?
Trevor Thorn on Sunday, 29 July 2012 06:18

Hi Maury,

SBS uses the TS Gateway role to route the RWW / RDP requests through to the relevant workstations. You can configure a remote desktop connection to connect directly to the TS Gateway and then on to a workstation without using RWW and a VPN. For an iPad you could use the iTap RDP app which allows you to connect to your computer via to a TS Gateway.

Another cheap solution would be to use the services of gotomypc.co.uk or logmein.com

hope this helps

Trevor.

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Hi Maury, SBS uses the TS Gateway role to route the RWW / RDP requests through to the relevant workstations. You can configure a remote desktop connection to connect directly to the TS Gateway and then on to a workstation without using RWW and a VPN. For an iPad you could use the iTap RDP app which allows you to connect to your computer via to a TS Gateway. Another cheap solution would be to use the services of gotomypc.co.uk or logmein.com hope this helps Trevor.
Guest - Maury Markowitz on Tuesday, 07 August 2012 17:09

Thanks Trevor. I did look into logmein, and might go that route, but it does present one major problem when working with QuickBooks.

But perhaps I'm thinking about this problem the wrong way... can, say, gotomypc be installed on the SBS server? If so, could it be used by multiple people to log in?

I know I can do this using TS on Server 2008, and in fact take that one step further and share just the app, not the entire desktop. But this doesn't work under SBS, and there's lots of great features in SBS you don't get in Server (which is weird, IMHO). So if you have any ideas how to let 3 users into the server to run a single app, I'd love to hear them!

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Thanks Trevor. I did look into logmein, and might go that route, but it does present one major problem when working with QuickBooks. But perhaps I'm thinking about this problem the wrong way... can, say, gotomypc be installed on the SBS server? If so, could it be used by multiple people to log in? I know I can do this using TS on Server 2008, and in fact take that one step further and share just the app, not the entire desktop. But this doesn't work under SBS, and there's lots of great features in SBS you don't get in Server (which is weird, IMHO). So if you have any ideas how to let 3 users into the server to run a single app, I'd love to hear them!
Guest - Rich Castaneda on Thursday, 24 January 2013 00:32

In SBS 2011 Essential Version I don't see the key

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In SBS 2011 Essential Version I don't see the key
Guest - norbert on Thursday, 23 May 2013 02:57

Hi,

i have a sbs 2011 and a 2K3 terminalserver
In the SBS console, there is no option for user like described here. Whats wrong ?

8. select the Network Tab, select the terminal server and click on view computer properties

9. under user access, click on the "Can log on remotely to this computer" tick box for each user that needs access to the terminal server via Remote Web Workplace

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Hi, i have a sbs 2011 and a 2K3 terminalserver In the SBS console, there is no option for user like described here. Whats wrong ? [i]8. select the Network Tab, select the terminal server and click on view computer properties 9. [b]under user access, click on the "Can log on remotely to this computer"[/b] tick box for each user that needs access to the terminal server via Remote Web Workplace[/i]
Trevor Thorn on Thursday, 23 May 2013 16:16

Hi Norbert,

I suspect you need to move your 2k3 terminal server into the SBSCOMPUTERS OU in active directory it should then appear within the SBSCONSOLE

Trevor.

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Hi Norbert, I suspect you need to move your 2k3 terminal server into the SBSCOMPUTERS OU in active directory it should then appear within the SBSCONSOLE Trevor.
Guest - Manny on Saturday, 07 March 2015 11:39

Hi,
I have the same issue as Norbert; except my sbs is W2K8.
And also, creating this register key, does not make my Terminal server magically appear under SBS console.
Also thought about moving it in AD from Terminal Server folder to my SBS computers folder. But wouldn't this potentially break something in AD?

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Hi, I have the same issue as Norbert; except my sbs is W2K8. And also, creating this register key, does not make my Terminal server magically appear under SBS console. Also thought about moving it in AD from Terminal Server folder to my SBS computers folder. But wouldn't this potentially break something in AD?

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