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How To Work In Your Jammies On Snow Days (Canadian, eh?)

I was sitting in my jammies earlier today, watching the snowstorm with my coffee, when a client called me. She was unable to go to her workplace because of the treacherous road conditions, but she didn’t want that to keep her from working. She told me, “Sharon, I want to be able to work from home. I know you set up that type of functionality a while ago on the new business server, could you help me get connected to it?” “Of course”, I replied, and five minutes later, she was connected to her office desktop through her home computer.

Last fall, I upgraded this client to Small Business Server 2011 Standard, as well as many other additional technical improvements. I love the SBS servers; and with their large variety of features, they’re a great solution for small businesses.

The feature this client called me about is Remote Web Access (or Anywhere Access, as it’s now referred to in Microsoft’s latest server operating system), and it allows users to securely access in-house resources using any web browser. This means you can seamlessly work from anywhere with an Internet connection the same way you would at your workplace.

Here’s a quick overview on what Remote Web Access looks like:

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Your users can easily connect to your server by entering a designated web address into their web browser. They will then be presented with a very simple log-in screen, as seen above.

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Once successfully authenticated, the user can connect to any of the resources he/she has permission to access; whether it’s shared folders on a server, desktop or (depending on the version of SBS installed) the internal SharePoint site.

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Users can upload and download files as necessary, depending on their access rights. In the picture above, the account is an administrative one, and has access to all folders and computers.

As a bonus, I can remotely support businesses using Remote Web Access and Remote Desktop; which allows me to address issues without having to physically be on-site, reducing the business’s downtime. Remote Web Access is just one solution to allow your team members to work remotely. Talk to your certified IT professional about what solution will best meet your team’s needs.

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