WINDOWS 2000 TERMINAL SERVER

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HI I HAVE A DOMAIN CONTROLLER WHICH IS ALSO MY TERMINAL SERVER, ADDITIONALLY I HAVE A MEMBER SERVER WHICH IS MY MAIL/PROXY SERVER. THE PROBLEM IS THAT, IF MY MAIL SERVER GOES DOWN, MY TERMINAL SERVER USERS ARE KICKED OFF MY TERMINAL SERVER. THIS ONLY HAPPENS TO MY USERS AT THE BRANCHES AND NOT THE LOCAL USERS. I CANNOT UNDERSTAND WHAT THE MAIL SERVER HAS TO DO WITH MY TERMINAL SERVER. THIS IS A PROBLEM BECAUSE THE MAIL SERVER NEEDS REBOOTING FAR MORE OFTEN THAN THE TERMINAL SERVER. THANKS

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The real problem here is not your terminal server but your mailserver,, it should not be going down so often.. you should be concentrating on fixing the mail server issue, then you wont have a terminal server problem.

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  • PeterMac
    Agree with TedRizzi, if your mail server is going down frequently this needs sorting out urgently. As regards your question, if only remote users are affected, it is almost certainly because of routing they are using, and your mail server must be involved in this somehow. You need to post details of how these remote users connect to the main network, it may be possible with only small changes to allow connection to be maintained without the mail server.
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  • HumbleNetAdmin
    I suggest that the problem is associated wiht the fact that the mailserver is on the proxy server. It sounds as if your external RDP connections to the termial server are dependant on routing to that terminal server by the proxy server and your internal clients are not. Does the proxy server act as a firewall/router for the external clients. You may look into that, if so, then if you take the proxy server down then you remove the routing to the terminal server for the external connections. I have two terminal servers and 70 external users. External RDP connections are routed through a router, a firewall and a load balancer. If I take anyone of those devices offline, my external RDP connections go with it, however it does not effect the ability to connect to the terminal server from the local network. I also suggest that you do not run a terminal server on a domain controler (security, and not recommended by Microsoft)! And also that your mailserver and proxy server be seperate, unless of course this server is a hoss and can handle the load, also if you have to reboot one, you dont kill two birds with one stone. Good luck Steve Daniel Network Admin Affiliated Acceptance Corp.
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  • Darthzakkie
    I solely agree with HumbleNetAdmin that it is probably not a good idea to run terminal server on a PDC.. there are actually exploits through SMB that Microsoft has made hotfixes for in regards to related issues.. Technet should link to them all.. I would suggest a subscription, and then acquire all the hotfixes after updating the servers with the latest service pax. Beyond that, UNIX/LINUX for Mail Service is almost second to none in portability.. it just means more work for the admin, but all aspects are much more stable and less admin time once setup properly. Good Luck!
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