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I'm being told by a network consultant that we cannot set up remote access, "XenDesktop has no built-in remote access solution, neither does XenServer."

Is this true?

We have a small business with less than 10 employees.

Our current network topography consists of:

XenServer 5.6 with:

  1. SQL Database (Business Inventory/Ordering Software) - Windows Server 2008 SBS

  2. SQL Database (XenDesktop Software) - Windows Server 2008 Standard

    A. Windows 7 Enterprise master (VMs allocated in pooled random)

     i. Five (5X) Windows 7 VM desktops hosted by XenDesktop 5.5
    

I would appreciate any help in understanding why our network consultant would tell us we can't set up remote access, especially when all the blogs I've been to, seem to indicate that it is INDEED possible to set up remote access for XenServer and XenDesktop.

Thanks. :)

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Define "remote access". –  joeqwerty May 1 '13 at 19:33
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XenDesktop is a "remote access" solution to a Windows client VM. Assuming you mean secure/encrypted remote access from WAN, you would typically deploy an Access Gateway (e.g. in the form of a NetScaler aplliance).

As for XenServer, I would typically solve this by either:

a) enable the use of VPN client to connect your network, and install XenCenter on the remote client

b) Install XenCenter on a "administration" XenDesktop VM and provide external access through Access Gateway.

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