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Logmein free account pc limit?

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We have a mix of XP and 2000 pc's.  For the 2000 pc's, I've got a couple setup for access using logmein, and so far it works great.  I'm thinking about installing logmein on all the 2000 pc's (there's not that many, 20-40) and was wondering about any restrictions they might have on the number of pc's they will allow.  This is using the free version.

Has anyone had experience with this, and has anyone implemented this on a larger scale than just a handful of pc's using the free version?
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Bartender_1Microsoft Network Administrator
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Here's from their FAQ:
https://secure.logmein.com/go.asp?page=support_faq#basics-01

Can I use my free trial of LogMeIn Pro on more than one computer?

Yes. To remotely access multiple computers, install LogMeIn on each machine. To add a computer to your account, simply access your LogMeIn account from the PC you wish to add to your account. On the My Computers page click Add Computer and follow the prompts for installation.


I would assume that you can continue to add computers. I'm sure they'll have a popup if you exceed a limit they've set.

Hope this helps!

:o)

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Guess I should have read further....

This comes from further down the FAQ:

How many computers can I access with LogMeIn?

You can use your LogMeIn account to download the free version of the LogMeIn software onto any number of computers. However, each subscription to LogMeIn Pro applies to one computer. You will be charged for each LogMeIn Pro subscription.

Hope this helps!

:o)

Bartender_1
Only One System is allowed with free edition.

It's substitute is Hamachi
http://files.hamachi.cc/HamachiSetup-0.9.9.9-en.exe

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Bartender_1
Thanks for replying.  I read the same thing, but was more interested in people's actual usage and whether there seemed to be any problems with using the free version on multiple pc's.

sunilcomputer
That's not true.  I currently have it running on 4 systems, and as bartender_1 posted above it can be run on any number of computers.  I was seeking confirmation from people that use this method that it actually was unlimited in practical use.  Their experiences with it.
sorry for the wrong post
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I have no actual experience with the software.

I use VNC for my network.

Hopefully someone will have the experience and answers you seek.

:o)

Bartender_1

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bartender_1
How do you like VNC?  Was it difficult to implement?
Bartender_1Microsoft Network Administrator
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Not at all.

I like VNC because it allows remote control, will run as a service, and allows remote reboots. (Not that a reboot is difficult even without VNC.)
The greatest difficulty was the installation on each workstation. (tedious, not difficult.)

Do you need to connect through a firewall/proxy?

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Yes, we have cisco pix firewalls.  Logmein has been working great for me so far.  I've got one pc setup in each location that provides me a secure connection, and from there I use remote desktop to hop around the local network to work on various pc's in the office.  Except those few that still have 2000 on them.  Since there is no 2000 RDP server that I know of, I am thinking of installing the Logmein client on each of those pc's.

But I worry about overusing the Logmein system, wondering if there would be any problems.  Thus my question, and interest in your opinion of VNC.  What version are you using?  

Bartender_1Microsoft Network Administrator
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I use version 4:
http://www.realvnc.com/download.html

I've used VNC to connect to a remote computer, as well as used VNC to connect to a remote computer, and then launching VNC on the remote computer to connect to another computer etc etc.

I've also had as many as 6 seperate instances of VNC running on one workstation at a time. (Each one connected to a different workstation.)

I've never tried to connect to it through a firewall or proxy though. I'm not sure if it can do so. (Checking on that...)

:o)

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According to their FAQ, you can configure your firewall to allow communication with VNC or to port foward:

How do I use VNC through my NAT router? (AKA Why do I get Connection timed out/Connection refused errors?)
Short answer: configure your router to forward port 5900 to the computer running VNC.
Long answer: we have a walkthrough for this common question.(http://www.realvnc.com/portforward.html)

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That's certainly an option, but would require those extra steps.  With logmein, it's not required.  I'll check it out though when I can find some extra time.  
Suggestion:  Go for TightVNC.  It's free, it works and does not mess up you computer like logmein.
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eugenio07,
are there advantages to tightVNC over realVNC?

:o)

Bartender_1
TightVNC and RealVNC are like brothers.  My viewpoint is TightVNC is easier to configure.  Maybe this is because I had more experiance when I started using TightVNC than when I used RealVNC.

Example:  Which apple do you want - "Golden Delicious" or "Red Delicious".

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eugenio07
What do you mean "mess up your computer like logmein"?
Logmein makes a new folder in Documents and settings.  And some kind of a user account.
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On my last job I had free Logmein installed on 13 PCs by previous admin (so at least a year ago) behind ISA and it worked with no problems.

On one occasion I installed a new Logmein instance and I don't remember it saying anything about limits at all , except that in free version there're less features than in Pro - and  I don't think they would hide such fact from users. On the other hand,  as you don't pay for it they don't have any obligations whatsoever, and therefore are free to change usage conditions anytime (just common sense thoughts).

BTW great product, I'm actually amazed they are providing so much functionality for free.

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yurisk
Thanks for the post.  I'm up around that number and things so far are going smoothly.  I really love it, and it does seem secure.
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