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    How to give server a external domain name?

    Hello,

    I'm learning and reading through my Microsoft books so this is only for a test environment and nothing urgent
    Can i remote desktop a server externally from the internet? I know you can use tools like logmein, but i was wondering can I purchase a domain name like myserver.com and then use the windows remote desktop session and remote in using that?
    e.g.
    mstsc /v myserver.com

    would that work? if i purchased a domain name how would i then set up the server to use this?
    If someone has a website i can read up on this it would be great

    Hope this isnt a to dumb of a question ..

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    Can i remote desktop a server externally from the internet?
    Yes but i wouldn't recommend exposing your RDP port like that is not recommended. I would you a VPN or something its allot more secure. @tom_newton is an expert with this.

    You dont need a domain name you can connect up using your public IP.

    What type of router / Firewall do you have?

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    Quote Originally Posted by FN-GM View Post
    Yes but i wouldn't recommend exposing your RDP port like that is not recommended. I would you a VPN or something its allot more secure. @tom_newton is an expert with this.

    You dont need a domain name you can connect up using your public IP.

    What type of router / Firewall do you have?
    Its just at home so all i've got is a Belkin Wireless G + Router. My friend has a domain name spare that they dont use and i was going to test using that.

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    ok, this covers a lot of stuff. The first thing you need to do is find a route from the internet to your server, If you have a static ip address at home then great but the chances are you'll have a dynamic ip which makes things more difficult. you'll need to set your router to listen on its external port and forward traffic internally to your computer. once this is place you should be able to access rdp using the ip address, if you want to set it up to use a name then you can set your external dns server to translate the name to your external ip.

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    Which server version do you have? look at remote apps with remote gateway, though you will need a seperate server for the gateway

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    Quote Originally Posted by irsprint84 View Post
    Which server version do you have? look at remote apps with remote gateway, though you will need a seperate server for the gateway
    I thought you could have the gateway on the same server?

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    Quote Originally Posted by strawberry View Post
    ok, this covers a lot of stuff. The first thing you need to do is find a route from the internet to your server, If you have a static ip address at home then great but the chances are you'll have a dynamic ip which makes things more difficult. you'll need to set your router to listen on its external port and forward traffic internally to your computer. once this is place you should be able to access rdp using the ip address, if you want to set it up to use a name then you can set your external dns server to translate the name to your external ip.
    Yep i have a dynamic IP. The method you mention do you mean port fowarding? I set my router to listian to port 3389 and then foward all requests to the server? And then use a dynamic dns service (which my router supports) to keep the ip address information up to date.

    Quote Originally Posted by irsprint84 View Post
    Which server version do you have? look at remote apps with remote gateway, though you will need a seperate server for the gateway
    Im using the server 2008 r2 enterprise 180 day trial

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheMan100 View Post
    I thought you could have the gateway on the same server?
    Securer otherwise

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    Quote Originally Posted by ihaveaproblem View Post
    Yep i have a dynamic IP. The method you mention do you mean port fowarding? I set my router to listian to port 3389 and then foward all requests to the server? And then use a dynamic dns service (which my router supports) to keep the ip address information up to date.



    Im using the server 2008 r2 enterprise 180 day trial
    Ok, have a look at remote apps, doesnt take more than a hour to setup

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    Quote Originally Posted by ihaveaproblem View Post
    Yep i have a dynamic IP. The method you mention do you mean port fowarding? I set my router to listian to port 3389 and then foward all requests to the server? And then use a dynamic dns service (which my router supports) to keep the ip address information up to date.

    Im using the server 2008 r2 enterprise 180 day trial
    Bingo. Thats the puppy.

    And in contridiction to the above, dont look at remote apps, look at installing a ts gateway instead. Remote apps gives you external access to apps, ts gateway gives you an encrypted route to the inside of your network.

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    Nice, it works I like it.
    From what others have said using RDP like this isnt very secure?

    I'm going to try the other method now.

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    Double post...Bad me

    I used the remoteapps way and it works as well. I even added a few programs to the remote apps as well^^ Was easy enough.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ihaveaproblem View Post
    Double post...Bad me

    I used the remoteapps way and it works as well. I even added a few programs to the remote apps as well^^ Was easy enough.
    Was saying remote apps as good for training. I m guessing you re doing over http? then it wont be secure you ll have to do over https though you ll need a certificate, which wont be cheap!

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    Quote Originally Posted by irsprint84 View Post
    Was saying remote apps as good for training. I m guessing you re doing over http? then it wont be secure you ll have to do over https though you ll need a certificate, which wont be cheap!
    Yeah this is just for learning and training
    Emm it's over https. If i try to access using http it shows page cannot be displayed. Using https it just says there is a security risk because of the invalid certificate. I accept and ignore that and it all works.

    EDIT

    To learn how to use ssl certificates would this godaddy one for 30 be fine?
    http://www.godaddy.com/ssl/ssl-certi...guk02b&ci=9039

    Can I apply it to the TS and then once i've done testing that apply it to something else? Dont know how these work=]
    Last edited by ihaveaproblem; 4th June 2011 at 08:35 PM.

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    from a testing point of view thats fine, you need do get a certificate from a company like ipsca and self signed one isnt enough

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