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MCTS Self-Paced Training Kit (Exam 70-653): Managing and Configuring Remote Access in Windows Small Business Server 2008

This chapter from MCTS Self-Paced Training Kit (Exam 70-653): Configuring Windows Small Business Server 2008 discusses secure access to the server using self-issued and third-party certificates, default Remote Web Workplace settings, how to configure Remote Web Workplace, as well as how to enable and configure a virtual private network (VPN) in Windows SBS.

Once considered an enterprise-only feature, remote access to network resources such as e-mail and scheduling functions has become affordable and widely popular for small businesses today. The Windows Small Business Server 2008 (Windows SBS) server software embraces remote access wholeheartedly and comes with remote access capabilities preconfigured, requiring only minimal input on the administrator’s part.

Out-of-the-box features include a self-issued certificate, a Web portal for remote access called Remote Web Workplace (RWW), and Microsoft Exchange Server features for mobile device access. Users can access business contact information, calendars, e-mail, files, and other important desktop and network resources from a Web browser on any Internet-connected computer, including from a mobile device, at any time and from anywhere.

Naturally, the server and remote access clients must meet certain specifications, and some businesses will modify the default settings and customize users’ remote access permissions to certain resources. Most of this can be done in the Windows SBS Console, and administrators can use native Windows Server 2008 tools to perform advanced configurations without breaking functionality in the Windows SBS Console.

This chapter discusses secure access to the server using self-issued and third-party certificates, default Remote Web Workplace settings, how to configure Remote Web Workplace, as well as how to enable and configure a virtual private network (VPN) in Windows SBS. Chapter 6, “Managing Messaging and Collaboration,” discusses Outlook Anywhere and mobile device connectivity in greater detail.

Exam objectives covered in this chapter:

  • Modify Remote Web Workplace (RWW).

  • Modify RAS.

    • User permissions.

Before You Begin

To complete this chapter you must have a server and a client computer set up in a physical or virtual environment as follows:

  • A server running Windows SBS 2008 that is configured per the instructions given in Chapter 1, “Installing Windows Small Business Server 2008 Standard Edition”

  • A client computer running the Windows XP Professional operating system with Service Pack 2 (SP2), the Windows Vista Business operating system, the Windows Vista Enterprise operating system, or the Windows Vista Ultimate operating system