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Hi,
 I have a client running Win2000 SBS.  One of the end users wants to work from home as if he was working from his computer at work.  What is the best way to go about this? The server is running terminal services in remote admin mode.  They use ISA for internet access/firewall.  They have a static IP broadband connection.  

Right now, when I need to access the server remotely, I use Remote Desktop from my computer and terminal in.  However, we don't want the remote end user logging into the server for obvious reasons.  We'd like him to log into the domain and be able to remotely use his pc at work.  I've heard of a program called VNC(which is free) that would allow this.  Any recommendations  would be appreciated.  Thank you
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by:juliancrawford
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Tight VNC is a better version - its has much better compression and the ports can be configured to suit your eeds.
http://www.tightvnc.com/

Really easy to install remotely too
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by:ErnieExpert
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What operating system is running on his PC in the office?  If it is Windows XP Pro, you could set that up to be accessed by remote desktop.
Do you have a router?  If so, what kind?  This would also have to be configured.  For Example - you could choose some random port like 3390, then have your router route these requests to his machine on port 3389.


VNC would work as long as you open the port that VNC runs on (default is 5500).  However, it is a bit slow to be practical for daily use.  It is fast enough to work well to administer, but not to be productive.  Also, plain VNC is not very secure, however you can make it more secure with SSH.  You can read how here: http://www.uk.research.att.com/archive/vnc/sshvnc.html
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by:TBoun
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Is there a better alternative to VNC (free or not)?
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I ended up setting up a VPN connection to the server and then using PCAnywhere to connect to the workstation on the network.  Thanks for the comments.
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