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I am new to win2008.

I have a Win2008 R2 server installed and need to know how to get a client system (Win7), using remote desktop, terminal server, or whatever windows 2008 provides, to connect to it (as a user or an admin).

Both the client (Win7) and the server (win2008) are behind a inside a NAT firewall with internal 192.168.x.x addresses and external 173.64.x.x Internet addresses. The client and the server are in separate cities. How can I use the internet from the client (Win7) to connect to the server (Win2008). On both systems, I have "allowed other systems to connect".

I am familiar with tcp/ip, ports......etc.

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Are you having a specific problem? Have you opened the ports and setup forwarding for RDP? –  tfitzgerald Jul 4 '12 at 2:51

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Both the client (Win7) and the server (win2008) are inside a NAT (with 192.168......... addresses). Both have real internet addresses (they are in different cities 173.64.......). How can I use the internet from the client (Win7) to connect to the server (Win2008).

If you have both machines behind a different NAT device, the simplest way you can get this to work is by port-forwarding to 3389/tcp on the Win2008 machine.

Let's assume the topology looks like this:

[Win7]------------[FW_A]---------------[FW_B]-------[Win2008]
      LAN_A                                   LAN_B
      192.168.1.x                             192.168.1.x

You need to configure port forwarding on FW_B to 3389/tcp on Win2008's 192.168.1 address. Under most circumstances FW_A has no explicit configuration required, it will pass this RDP traffic like any other. Win7 would connect to FW_B's outside 173.64 address on whatever TCP port has been chosen to forward to 3389/tcp on Win2008.

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-1. "The only way" is wrong, He could also possibly etablish a VPN or reorganize the network, so "the only way" is not true. Maybe the most sensible, but not the only. –  TomTom Jul 4 '12 at 8:19
    
Thanks for the suggestion. But your suggestion have LAN_A and LAN_B are on the same network. I already have this configuration working fine. The problem is that the second LAN is not local, it is in another city. So, I would think that I have to use the internet to establish the remote connection. I am right? Thams, Mike –  Mike Dehari Jul 4 '12 at 22:57
    
@Mike-Dehari, If you are using NAT, it won't matter whether LAN_A and LAN_B are on the same subnet. –  Mike Pennington Jul 4 '12 at 23:03
    
Thanks for the comment. The LANs are in different cities. The LANs are Independent of each other. Win7 and win2008 both have NATs and also an IP addresses. Thanks , Mike –  Mike Dehari Jul 4 '12 at 23:14
    
@MikeDehari it doesnt matter whether the LAN subnets are different or the same. NAT hides these details when you are connecting across the internet –  Mike Pennington Jul 4 '12 at 23:28

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