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How can I remotely access a server with win 2k Pro using a computer with win 2k Pro

I have a home pc on broadband and a server broadband in the office.

I have the Remote Desktop Connection tool on my home pc with the IP address and server password, so in theory I should be able to connect to the server through the boradband connection.

Both the home pc and server are using windows 2k Pro

The only thing I have not done is enabled the server for remote access, how do I do this?

Thanks  Mat
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stevenlewisCommented:
any routers involved? If so,  you have to forward the port(s) on the router to the internal ip of the machine
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zerofieldCommented:
or use vnc, either way same end result

http://www.tightvnc.org
http://ultravnc.sourceforge.net
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sunray_2003Commented:
Not sure if windows 2000 server has got remote desktop  but you can use this
http://www.tightvnc.com/download.html

Install the same on both machines. Run as server on the server machine and connect from the client machine.
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auraorangeAuthor Commented:
I have a basic BT Broadband USB ADSL Modem
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rshooper76Commented:
Right click on My Computer, go to the Remote tab, check the boc that says 'allow user to remotely conenct to this computer.'  Teh computer you are trying to connect to over the Internet will need to have a public IP address, or be forwarded by your router.
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auraorangeAuthor Commented:
the server has windows 2k pro, not the server edition, its basically a small network for data security and 5 pc's attached

cheers

Mat
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sunray_2003Commented:
Mat

OK. I you had windows 2000 server then you could have enabled terminal services and then used remote desktop connection software to connect from a different machine.
but since you have 2000 pro on both , you need to use third party like tightvnc etc
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caball88Commented:
enable terminal service on the server at home and you will be able to login using the remote desktop connection program. on each PC enable remote desktop connection in the computer properties under the remote tab. once you have terminal'ed serviced into the win2k server you can use the terminal service client to connect to your desktops. if you have a router or firewall setup make sure port 3389 is open, this is the terminal service port. you do not need to enable remote access service on the server. i would suggest even turning this option on(i am referring to RAS service). this is used as software VPN and allows you to connect to you network remotely using the server as the authenticating server. its a nice feature but doesn't look like you need it. i usually like to turn off as many services as possible to reduce the security footprint.
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rshooper76Commented:
Opps, I though you said XP Pro, my bad.  Windows 2K Pro can't do this like XP can.  If you were using Win2K Server you could enable terminal services on the server like caball88 said.  That would give you 2 administrative users that can use RDP to connect to it.  I would just install VNC on both machines and use that.
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caball88Commented:
oops the win 2k pro workstation slipped my mind. i read it so fast, but rshooper is correct remote desktop feature does not exist in win 2k pro, it only works for xp. your alternative is to use VNC.
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pcavenueCommented:
how about using pc anywhere?  tried and tested, but not free.  once its in, just forward pots 5631 (TCP) and 5632 (UDP) to the server (2000 pro station).  from your remote machine at home conenct to the outside ip address of your work.  

-dp
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auraorangeAuthor Commented:
Thanks for all the very fast and good feedback I used VNC and within about 5 minutes at home and a trip up the office we could see both machines, the program looks more complicated than it is but works great!

Cheers

Mat
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caball88Commented:
i don't think his problem is connecting with his server so pc anywhere is not really going to help. although you can load pc anywhere on the server and load the host software on the workstations. that way you can terminal service into the server and then use PC anywhere to connect to the desktops. seems kind of tedious but it will work.
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