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Terminal Server from  Microsoft

   There are several ways to share your data (or other files) with folks outside your local area network.  Ill discuss two here:

  VPN and  Terminal Server.

   In terminal Server Microsoft takes us back to the days of mainframes. The product does what it says; serves information (running programs) to dumb terminals , or computers acting as such. All processing is done on the server; only screen shots and results are sent to the outside users though it looks to them that they are running software as they are used to be it Access or MS Word or anything else.

  The advantage is that breaks in connections dont corrupt data (the field rep drives through a tunnel while updating a record) , and that one has better control of who is running what.

  The downside is cost; one must buy an MS Server operating system and then buy multi user licenses; if you install MS Office , MS knows many people will be able to run it and they will charge you as if you bought that many copies of the program.

  A more detailed explanation is to be found here.   ( Microsoft is no place to go for information about Microsoft products)

 

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