Peachtree Complete 2011 installation and remote access options

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Peachtree Complete 2011 installation and remote access options

  • Can anyone provide some advice on the following:

     

    I’ve recently purchased new server hardware with a fast Intel i7 processor,  Windows 7 Professional OS, and lots of memory and backup capability.  I will be upgrading from a Peachtree 2007 environment on an older Pentium/XP client server configuration with locally attached PCs .  We currently use GoToMy PC for remote access.  My Peachtree Pervasive DB size is currently about 90 MB.

     

    I’ve been reading forums about various installation and network access options.  My goals are to:

    • Provide a reliable, secure environment
    • Do it with low monthly recurring costs
    • Provide users with concurrent and speedy local and remote access (mainly for employees working in home offices or for access from hotels while traveling)
    • We do not expect to have more than  5 concurrent users, hence the Peachtree Completer 2011 multi-user solution
    • The server will be on a 100MB Ethernet LAN and connected to the internet via a fast Verizon FIOS connection
    • Almost all user application needs are addressed by Peachtree, MS Office apps, and web access tools

     

    Key issues and variables I’m trying to evaluate are:

    • Ease and user friendliness of Peachtree with each remote access option
    • Response of applications when accessed remotely
    • Data and PC security
    • How many Peachtree Complete 2011 machines need the application installed
    • Ability to remotely and locally access the Peachtree application concurrently
    • Remote user access to Microsoft Office Apps – on server on installed on each user’s PC?  Less important than the Peachtree application
    • Issues keeping Pervasive DB sync’d
    • Apple Mac access

     

    Based on what I’ve read,  I understand there are 3 viable options. Each has pros and cons, so I want to be fully aware of the issues involved :

    1. Remote access via GoToMyPC – we currently use this option with our existing server.   Each user initiates a GoToMyPC session remotely and accesses a  LAN connected, dedicated desktop PC with PT Complete 2007 installed on each.  Each PC  is LAN connected to the server for access to DB on the common S: hard drive.  We would prefer to eliminate the locally attached PCs and allow each user to connect directly to the server.
    2. VPN – this option will require all applications (Peachtree, Office, etc.) to be installed on each PC and use a SSL VPN for remote access to the server – will the data transfer and acknowledgement process significantly slow down for the user?  What security issues are there?  Will the VPN with FIOS be a configuration problem?
    • Windows Remote Desktop Services/Terminal Services – this sounds like the best option based on what I’ve read.  It appears that:
      • It works the fastest over the internet for remotely connected users since they are working only with an application presentation layer
      • May not be as secure as the VPN alternative, but most of those forums were older, is this still an issue?
      • Peachtree is only installed on the server, not on the other PCs (remote or LAN attached)
      • Since users come and go to the office, can Peachtree be used concurrently over the LAN and via RDS/TS without conflicts?

    Thanks in advance for any adivce you can contribute, any links that may help, or any pubs that you recommend!

  • find out my answeres in the attached, as i have updated to the Desktop Service some days ago.

    Can anyone provide some advice on the following:

     

    I’ve recently purchased new server hardware with a fast Intel i7 processor,  Windows 7 Professional OS, and lots of memory and backup capability.  I will be upgrading from a Peachtree 2007 environment on an older Pentium/XP client server configuration with locally attached PCs .  We currently use GoToMy PC for remote access.  My Peachtree Pervasive DB size is currently about 90 MB.  its good system but you only need to have Good Server System with Windows Server,  2003 or 2008.

     

    I’ve been reading forums about various installation and network access options.  My goals are to:

    • Provide a reliable, secure environment   Remote Desktop is Secure if you have good Antivirus.
    • Do it with low monthly recurring costs    it don't have any monthly Cost.
    • Provide users with concurrent and speedy local and remote access (mainly for employees working in home offices or for access from hotels while traveling)  it Depends on Server Speed mostly but Client Internet Speed should also be good to work uniterupted.
    • We do not expect to have more than  5 concurrent users, hence the Peachtree Completer 2011 multi-user solution for windows Server if u have Professional you can have more users what so ever u want. but for normal Windows Server u have to purchase Windows terminal Service, as much users as u need.  Peachtree will be accessible to Every user but not more then 5 if  u purchase 5 users. (but may be work)
    • The server will be on a 100MB Ethernet LAN and connected to the internet via a fast Verizon FIOS connection its good speed for LAN but Terminals needs Good Internet Speed.
    • Almost all user application needs are addressed by Peachtree, MS Office apps, and web access tools  for every software u need u have to purchase the licences like Ms Office Multi Users Licences, other web access tolls will work.

     

    Key issues and variables I’m trying to evaluate are:

    • Ease and user friendliness of Peachtree with each remote access option its good in all
    • Response of applications when accessed remotely  speed depends on Both Internet Connections, but normally needs little speed for User.
    • Data and PC security  u must have good antivirus it will enough
    • How many Peachtree Complete 2011 machines need the application installed  for Remote users no need to install on users pc but for Lan u have to install on each PC.
    • Ability to remotely and locally access the Peachtree application concurrently   its the best thing
    • Remote user access to Microsoft Office Apps – on server on installed on each user’s PC?  Less important than the Peachtree application   Already answered
    • Issues keeping Pervasive DB sync’d  there is no Issues.
    • Apple Mac access   this I don't know.

     

    Based on what I’ve read,  I understand there are 3 viable options. Each has pros and cons, so I want to be fully aware of the issues involved :

    1. Remote access via GoToMyPC – we currently use this option with our existing server.   Each user initiates a GoToMyPC session remotely and accesses a  LAN connected, dedicated desktop PC with PT Complete 2007 installed on each.  Each PC  is LAN connected to the server for access to DB on the common S: hard drive.  We would prefer to eliminate the locally attached PCs and allow each user to connect directly to the server.  for this remote system is good solution.
    2. VPN – this option will require all applications (Peachtree, Office, etc.) to be installed on each PC and use a SSL VPN for remote access to the server – will the data transfer and acknowledgement process significantly slow down for the user?  What security issues are there?  Will the VPN with FIOS be a configuration problem?  same problem
    • Windows Remote Desktop Services/Terminal Services – this sounds like the best option based on what I’ve read.  It appears that:  its best    
      • It works the fastest over the internet for remotely connected users since they are working only with an application presentation layer  its right
      • May not be as secure as the VPN alternative, but most of those forums were older, is this still an issue? no its even sucure now.
      • Peachtree is only installed on the server, not on the other PCs (remote or LAN attached) its right
      • Since users come and go to the office, can Peachtree be used concurrently over the LAN and via RDS/TS without conflicts? its not a problem peachtree supports for that for each user only one person at a time.

    Thanks in advance for any adivce you can contribute, any links that may help, or any pubs that you recommend!

  • Thank you, this is very informative.  I have some follow up questions that affect my decision if you can assist on my options:

     

    1 - Whether to go with Windows 7 on the server or Windows Server 2008.  If Windows 2008, can that CPU also be accessed as a workstation for Peachtree Complete 2011 work and count as one user?

     

    2 - I can install Windows Server 2008 with client/server installs or Windows for Workgroups on Windows 7 as well.  Which of those options supports the local LAN and also Remote Desktop Services/Terminal Services concurrently for those accessing remotely, realizing only 5 people can access Peachtree Complete 2011 multi user at once.

     

    3 - How does this affect the Peachtree Complete 2011 Multi User 5 user limit?  Can the same user have a local LAN connection and a RDS/TS connection at different times of the day based on where they access (sometimes at their home office, sometimes they come into the main office) Peachtree?  How does Peachtree recognize this user, is it by user name and password, computer names, etc?

     

    4 - Based on either option, how many Peachtree Complete 2011 user installations do I need?  With RDP/TS it appears you only need a server install, how is this affected if they come from their remote office into the main office, do they access a client install on a LAN CPU or still use a RDP/TS connection?