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Configure remote access to the network

Updated: July 22, 2009

Applies To: Windows SBS 2008, Windows Small Business Server 2011 Standard

Users can efficiently use Remote Web Workplace (RWW) to remotely access the Windows SBS 2008 local network. They can also use a virtual private network (VPN) connection. However, using Remote Web Workplace is an easier method than using a VPN connection for authorized users to access the local network.

Remote Web Workplace enables users to access important features of Windows SBS 2008 when they are away from the office. Using Remote Web Workplace, they can check e-mail and calendars, connect to their computers at work by using Remote Desktop, use shared applications, access the company's internal Web site, view performance reports, or join a computer to the Windows SBS 2008 network by downloading Connection Manager.

If users do not need to remotely access the local network, disabling access to Remote Web Workplace helps to limit the likelihood of unauthorized access to your network.

For information about managing RWW, see “Managing Windows Small Business Server 2008 Remote Web Workplace” at the Microsoft Web site (http://go.microsoft.com/FWLink/?LinkID=103161).

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