Remote access to 2000 Server?


I have a dedicated 2000 server located by a hosting company.

I have an IP with admin username and password.

Now what's the best way to connect to the server, for admin purposes?

I am currently using 'Remote Desktop Connection'.  

What other options are there available?
Who is Participating?

[Product update] Infrastructure Analysis Tool is now available with Business Accounts.Learn More

I wear a lot of hats...

"The solutions and answers provided on Experts Exchange have been extremely helpful to me over the last few years. I wear a lot of hats - Developer, Database Administrator, Help Desk, etc., so I know a lot of things but not a lot about one thing. Experts Exchange gives me answers from people who do know a lot about one thing, in a easy to use platform." -Todd S.

Pete LongTechnical ConsultantCommented:
Hi CasparUK,
Remote Control

To Remote Control another PC/Server over a network you need some dedicated software

The most popular (because its free) is VNC (Virtual Network Computing) you can download it here or Consider

*** If You want to trial an open ended shareware Program try...

RemoteControl from DataSet   

*** If you want to trial (Time Limited) a Shareware Product try...

HueyPC From GID Software

*** If you want to trial a commercial product try...

PC Anywhere
NetOP From CrossTec
RADMIN from Sunbelt (cheap on small networks)

NOTE: If you intend to remotely control a Windows 2000 server use Terminal Services (add it as a windows componant and select remote ADMINISTRATION MODE) This gives you up to 2 concurrent connections
On your client install adminpak.msi from the W2K server disk. This RARELY works for Win XP, to fix  download this patch.

If your using Windows XP consider "Remote assistance"

Windows Netmeeting supports "remote desktop sharing"

If you need to connect to XP using OLDER operating systems look here

Bear in mind if you need to go through a router at home, you will need to enable port forwarding.
Or If you are going through a firewall you may need to open some ports, see the product documentation
for more details.

Of course if you lucky enough to have Novell you can use ZenWorks for Desktops as well!


Experts Exchange Solution brought to you by

Your issues matter to us.

Facing a tech roadblock? Get the help and guidance you need from experienced professionals who care. Ask your question anytime, anywhere, with no hassle.

Start your 7-day free trial
What's wrong with remote desktop connection?  It is a built in feature of Windows 2000 server, and it works just like a terminal server session would.  I would stick with that as it isn't a 3rd party app.  
The Five Tenets of the Most Secure Backup

Data loss can hit a business in any number of ways. In reality, companies should expect to lose data at some point. The challenge is having a plan to recover from such an event.

Ultra VNC is user friendly Thr RDC isnt
What, how is it not user friendly??  You click on it, put in the IP address & click connect.  If that isn't userfriendly, then I am wondering what is.

The clipboard transfers seamlessly, the sound works (if enabled)...there is nothing that is unfriendly about it.  It is just as fast (if not faster).  I literally run off of RDC to all of my servers.  I never go to the consoles anymore because it is inefficient (even though they are 5 feet away)
CasparUKAuthor Commented:
Rustypage - you mention Terminal Server Session, what is this?  Is it a dial up connection to the server?  

VPN - what is this, is it dial up, how would I access a VPN?

Basically, I have a server which is behind a firewall that now prevents a RDC connection :(    How do I admin the server?
Pete LongTechnical ConsultantCommented:
Not a popular choice (cause we sysadmins hate it!!) because it runs on port 80 through the firewall Grrrr

Pete LongTechnical ConsultantCommented:
CasparUKAuthor Commented:
No, thank you! :D
It's more than this solution.Get answers and train to solve all your tech problems - anytime, anywhere.Try it for free Edge Out The Competitionfor your dream job with proven skills and certifications.Get started today Stand Outas the employee with proven skills.Start learning today for free Move Your Career Forwardwith certification training in the latest technologies.Start your trial today
Windows 2000

From novice to tech pro — start learning today.