Managing Windows Small Business Server 2008 Remote Web Workplace

Updated: October 8, 2009

Applies To: Windows SBS 2008


Windows® Small Business Server 2008 Remote Web Workplace enables users to access network features regardless of whether they are onsite or away from the office. By using Remote Web Workplace, users can check e-mail and calendars, connect to a computer at work, and the company's internal Web site. With the appropriate permissions, users can also perform certain administrative tasks.

Users can access Remote Web Workplace by using a Web browser from any Internet-enabled computer (such as a home or laptop computer) and navigating to the external address of the computer that is running Windows SBS 2008.

After navigating to Remote Web Workplace Internet address, users must type their network user name and password to access the Remote Web Workplace main page.

Prerequisites for accessing Remote Web Workplace

Windows SBS 2008 sends all new users a "Welcome" e-mail that introduces them to the network features including Remote Web Workplace. Before users can access Remote Web Workplace, network administrators must satisfy the following requirements:

  • Users must be members of the Remote Web Workplace Users or the Domain Admins security groups.

  • Windows SBS 2008 must allow connections through TCP ports 80, 443, 987, and 3389.

  • The computer used to connect to Remote Web Workplace must allow connections through TCP ports 80, 443, 987, and 3389.

  • Routers on Windows SBS 2008 must be configured to forward Internet traffic to TCP ports 80, 443, 987, and 3389.

  • The browser used to view Remote Web Workplace must support and accept cookies. Otherwise, Remote Web Workplace refuses the connection.

This document includes topics that can help you understand, configure, and manage Remote Web Workplace in Windows SBS 2008. This information is presented in the following sections: