Setting up a remote location
Whether your server is located in the cloud, or on premises, remote locations will need to get a connection. The two obvious options include:
- Port forwarding;
- Virtual Private Network (VPN).
With port forwarding you point the workstation to the external IP address where the server is hosted – typically you would have a static IP address from your service provider. From there, the router on the server side is setup to forward all inbound traffic on port 1433 (or whatever port your AralcoBOS SQL database listens on) to the SQL Server.
For better security you may want your store(s) to also have static IPs. Many routers allow you to setup access rules to forward traffic from specific originating IP addresses to a destination server.
Virtual Private Network (VPN)
VPNs allow secure point-to-point connections between your stores and the server location. Creating one big network, which allows devices to communicate with each other as if they were all in one place.
Check with your IT service provider for advice on what solution is best for you.