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Hi All, Im a very small business with 4 people working remotely. I have purchased a desktop computer that is acting like my server and being backed up to Onedrive daily.

My problem is how do I go about that the 4 different people can log onto the machine without expensive server software?

Anomolies:
- different people would need to logon to utilise different software.
- Unlikely that two people would need to access same software

I though I would use Teamviewer as the login purpose but obviously it only shows what is currently on the screen making it impossible for two poeple to access my "server-system".

Any guidance will be greatly appreciated.
 

Scooby_Doo

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Hi,

What are you using the server for?
What software do you have running on it?
Why do they need to login to the server?
 

PsyWulf

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Hi All, Im a very small business with 4 people working remotely. I have purchased a desktop computer that is acting like my server and being backed up to Onedrive daily.

My problem is how do I go about that the 4 different people can log onto the machine without expensive server software?

Anomolies:
- different people would need to logon to utilise different software.
- Unlikely that two people would need to access same software

I though I would use Teamviewer as the login purpose but obviously it only shows what is currently on the screen making it impossible for two poeple to access my "server-system".

Any guidance will be greatly appreciated.
Server software - from okayish to expensively priced
 

irBosOtter

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Seeing only one person can work on the physical machine you will need to load the client software on the the other pc's as well. Then setup a vpn server so that the other people can VPN in and work remotely...
 

InvisibleJim

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Depending on your server machine, you could run a Windows Virtual Machine in Hyper-V or Virtualbox for each remote user and they could rdp into that virtual desktop.

Virtualbox could be a nice tool to do this as you can create a base Windows 10 image and run the VM's as a linked clone (master image) which would potentially save hard disk space.

An i5 with 8 to 16GB RAM should handle this with the apps you describe reasonably well. As a small business, a challenge with this set up would be to legally license the Windows for the vm's.

i just want to flag a concern with regards to your backing up to OneDrive which is usually deployed as a sync type solution. File sync is not really a backup as corruption and damage can be replicated to the copy. Products such as Onedrive and Dropbox do seem to me to instill a false sense of security for data protection, especially in the light of the nasty ransomeware viruses that have become prevalent in the last couple of years.
 
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