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conecting office PC from home using best method

Hello,
I have the option to work remote and connect to my office pc and home pc using the following methods:
- VPN
- WINDOWS REMOTE DESKTOP
- VNW Viewer 4 application

Which one do you recomend and benefits/disadvantages

Thanks


suplyair

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aaron757Commented:
A VPN really is your best bet if you are at all concerned about the security of your data as it creates an encrypted tunnel between your PC and the Office and acts as if you are directly connected to the Office network. This way you could use either VNC or RDP to connect to your office system while only poking minimum holes in your firewall for the VPN connection. The one drawback here are that setting up a VPN can be cumbersome and sometimes challenging depending on your solution.

If you are not concerned about the security of your corporate data flowing across the internet then either VNC or RDP can provide you with a connection to your office desktop. I'm fairly certain that both Terminal Services and VNC (Enterprise Edition) have the ability to encrypt traffic however without using a VPN the threat of an attack is directly against your system whereas using both a VPN and either RDP or VNC provide at least two laters of security.
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Mike LazarusAct! Evangelist - CRM ConsultantCommented:
What do you want to run/use in the office when operating remotely?
VPN put's you on the local LAN using the apps on your remote system
RDP (Remote Desktop) allows you to operate as if you are on the machine in the office using the apps on the office system
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suplyairAuthor Commented:
At home I have a small network with 2 pcs conected to the Linksys WRV54G Wireless VPN Router conected to bellsouth nextell modem. From my office I want to conect to the router via PPTP.v Both PCS are windows OS XP profesional.
 Im not sure how to do this....can you please explain.

I only want to run office aplications

Thankyou

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Mike LazarusAct! Evangelist - CRM ConsultantCommented:
So you just want to be on the LAN and share files?

Do you have a VPN router in the office?
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suplyairAuthor Commented:
I dont have VPN router at office.

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Mike LazarusAct! Evangelist - CRM ConsultantCommented:
To VPN into the office, you need a VPN server (usually easiers in small sites if embedded in the router)

Do you have an IT person in the office? Do others work remotely?
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