[dba-Tech] VPN on a virtual Windows 2008 server...and Remote Desktop

Steve Erbach erbachs at gmail.com
Wed Jan 18 10:51:22 CST 2012

Dear Group,

I've been working with a client who wants to offer his software package
(which I wrote in Access 2003) to clients via Remote Desktop connections to
a GoDaddy.com virtual Windows Server. I've got Remote Desktop working just
fine to allow users to log into the virtual server (2 GB RAM, 30 GB hard
disk) and run the Access application...but Windows Server 2008 only has two
built-in Remote Desktop licenses for simultaneous use. My client thinks
we'll need more.

He and I were on a conference call with a support guy from GoDaddy.com
yesterday. I asked him about setting up a VPN on the virtual server and he
said that that wasn't possible. However, he didn't know that Windows Server
2008 had TWO Remote Desktop access licenses built-in. He was also surprised
when I told him that I can log into the server with two separate Remote
Desktop sessions. That didn't make me confident that his pronouncement
about VPN on a virtual server was accurate.

So I'd like to ask you folks: can a VPN be set up on a VIRTUAL Windows
Server 2008 installation? I've read through some threads here that mention
Hamachi VPN. Not that I want to learn yet another software package to be
responsible for, but it seems that that has some boosters here.

Also (subsidiary question) has anyone here ever purchased additional Remote
Desktop licenses from Microsoft? Thanks in advance!


Steve Erbach
Neenah, WI

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