"Choosing Between VPN and Remote Desktop for Hosting Third-Party Applications on Windows Server 2019

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Hello, I need some guidance on this matter. We have some third-party applications hosted on our VPS running Windows Server 2019. These applications are mainly accounting and fund management software.

I have tried setting up a VPN provided by the cloud service provider to connect from the client to the VPS and run these software by simply mapping the network. However, the performance is not satisfactory when compared to a local network. It's slow, even though we have a dedicated VPN.

We are considering using a remote desktop connection since we already have remote user service licenses, which should allow multiple remote connections. So my question is: Can we go this route using Remote Desktop? What are the advantages and disadvantages of doing so? It's worth noting that for Remote Desktop, we would need to create individual user Windows credentials to log onto the server first, whereas for VPN, we do not have to do this.

What would be the best possible solution for my scenario?

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Hi @JeretC,

Deciding between a VPN and Remote Desktop for hosting third-party applications on Windows Server 2019 hinges on specific requirements. Here are key distinctions that might aid your decision:

  1. Flexibility: Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) provides extensive control for remote workers, allowing complete desktop access within granted privileges³.

  2. Security: While VPNs are generally considered more secure³, both options offer robust security features. Your choice depends on the specific security needs of your organization.

  3. Convenience: Both VPN and Remote Desktop connections are relatively easy to configure³. However, note that Remote Desktop requires individual user Windows credentials, unlike VPN.

Given your VPN performance issues and existing remote user service licenses, exploring Remote Desktop is sensible. However, weigh the security implications and consider managing individual user credentials.

There’s no one-size-fits-all answer here. It’s about finding the solution that best fits your organization’s needs,

You can use these links as a reference and for more information:

"Choosing Between VPN and Remote Desktop for Hosting Third-Party Applications on Windows Server 2019...

"Choosing Between VPN and Remote Desktop for Hosting Third-Party - Microsoft Community

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