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Old 10-13-2006, 10:01 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I have a question for you all.

I'm looking to install something like PC Anywhere here at work to give certain people access to the office without having to be in the office.

I've looked at -

Go To My PC
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any recommendations, thoughts, cautions? I just need something that is simple and easy to use from both sides. I'm leaning towards Go To My PC (pay service) and Log Me In (free service)

The fun part is no one is really that sure about how our network is set up.

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Old 10-13-2006, 10:12 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Goto my pc is good, but can get expensive.

I honestly prefer the separate software, etc.

Here's two VNC viewers I've used in the past:


http://www.mcarterbrown.com/VNC.zip

Unzip, and you should have two folders, vnc1 and vnc2. Check out the first one... Very simple, can be disabled, etc....
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Old 10-13-2006, 10:57 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Do they need acces to the office server/network? or do they need access to their PC via it's desktop?

If it's the former I would definately recommend either setting up a VPN, or using VNC on the server itself.

If it's the latter, well it's hard to beat GoToMyPC for it's simplicty.

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If it's the latter, well it's hard to beat GoToMyPC for it's simplicty.
Actually, XP's built-in Remote Desktop is probably the simplest option, assuming the machines are running XP. I'm sure it's not the most secure method out there (hey, it is M$), but it's free and easy. As long as they're not dealing in nuclear secrets or anything, it should be sufficient.
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Windows XP's Remote Desktop is as secure as the connection you're using.
Setup a proper vpn and you can sleep soundly at night.
UltraVNC is also free works very well, but has a nasty tendancy to lock out one's network account on the FIRST mis-typed password.

Either way, since people will be doing this from their own home computers (I assume) DEFINATELY use a remote-desktop solution rather than letting them connect directly to the server. You have NO control over anti-virus, spyware, etc on their home machines......NEVER let one of those cesspools touch your network directly!
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Actually, XP's built-in Remote Desktop is probably the simplest option, assuming the machines are running XP. I'm sure it's not the most secure method out there (hey, it is M$), but it's free and easy. As long as they're not dealing in nuclear secrets or anything, it should be sufficient.
Unfortunately this will require co-operation of the network firewall

Remote Desktop/Terminal services are a great tech, but if you have a bunch of users behind a firewall the only way for them to log into their computer would be to foward a port to each PC. In this situation GoToMyPC's advantage is that you don't need to touch the firewall to foward anything.

Ok, Oldschool you need to clarify your user needs and network setup

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DarkStar hit what I was thinking... the whole firewall/NAT issue. Depending on how important the access is and for how many people, maybe you should drop me a line. I could always stand a new client and NY isn't THAT far from CT. As well, I do have two staffing firms for clients.... ahem... And I give kickbacks for MCB members... Who said that?
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my company use to use PC anywhere but its been a good amount of years back. I am sure that there is better software out there now!!
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Unfortunately this will require co-operation of the network firewall

Remote Desktop/Terminal services are a great tech, but if you have a bunch of users behind a firewall the only way for them to log into their computer would be to foward a port to each PC. In this situation GoToMyPC's advantage is that you don't need to touch the firewall to foward anything.

Ok, Oldschool you need to clarify your user needs and network setup

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Network firewall?? We're not allowed to have one where I work. The school's administration declared a long time ago that they don't want to do anything that would hamper "academic and intellectual freedom".

Oh, one other possibility, if the users just need access to files on their computers (ie: they don't need to run apps, just get to their docs & such), you might want to check out FolderShare. They were "acquired" by M$ some time ago, but I don't think Gates' boys have had a chance to ruin the software yet. It's really scary how easy & powerful this stuff is.
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Network firewall?? We're not allowed to have one where I work. The school's administration declared a long time ago that they don't want to do anything that would hamper "academic and intellectual freedom".
Everyone gets a public IP? And is directly on the net? seriously? Day0 attacks must be heinous, or maybe Imisunderstood.

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Oh, one other possibility, if the users just need access to files on their computers (ie: they don't need to run apps, just get to their docs & such), you might want to check out FolderShare. They were "acquired" by M$ some time ago, but I don't think Gates' boys have had a chance to ruin the software yet. It's really scary how easy & powerful this stuff is.
Looks cool, havn't heard of that one yet, but MS is on the move:



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