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Anywhere Access – The Jammie Part

In a previous post (Windows 2012 Server Essentials Anywhere Access – Part 1) I outlined how to setup Anywhere Access to allow your users to securely access their files, and even desktops, from outside the office. In this post, I will step you through how to connect using the Anywhere Access feature included in Windows 2012 Server Essentials. The images in this post are from a clients system; Windows 2012 Server Essentials.

To use Remote Web Access, open Internet Explorer (using other browsers is not recommended).

Enter: https://yourdomainname.remotewebaccess.com into the address bar. This address was set up when Anywhere Access was configured on the server. See previous post for details how to do this.

After a few moments you will be presented with the following window:

Remote Web Access

Enter your office network username and password.

You will now be connected to Windows Server 2012 Essentials server in the office.

Remote Web Access

Users can easily see items they have access too, including their desktops if the functionality is provided.

Shared Folders

Users have the same access to the same files and folders as they would in the office. They can download, modify and upload the files. (Watch for an upcoming post that takes this functionality to a new level in the new product release.)

When the user clicks on Shared Folders, a list of all folders is presented.

 Shared Folders

Expand the folders on the left to drill down into the file structure.

Folders

Here, users can easily upload and download files and create new folders.

Computers

The greatest advantage to Remote Web Access is the ability for your users to access their desktops as if they were sitting in front of it. The quality and response time is much faster than other remote control programs.

To access the systems in the office the users pick the system from the list on the right. Click the Connect button. Clicking the Computers link will present a list of all the computers the user can access.

Computers

Doing so will also give you access to all the systems you can remote into based on your credentials.

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Once you have clicked the Connect button you will be presented with the following dialog box:

Remote App

Click Connect again.

You will be required to enter your credentials again.

Click on the Use another account link if the incorrect username is already provided.

Windows Security

You will now be connected to your desktop.

To exit click the X on the menu bar at the top of the screen.

Exit

This will close the Remote Desktop Session and take you back to the Remote Web Access Screen.

Exiting Remote Web Access

Please be sure to exit out of Remote Web Access by clicking the Sign Out link to the top left of the window.

Exit

 

That’s it! You can now securely access your files and desktop from anywhere. Who needs an office?

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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