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What is the Best Remote Desktop Application Available?

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Good morning,
     I have a media server in my home, and I would like to manage it remotely from one of my other home PCs.  A couple of years ago I used RealVNC, but it was on a couple of XP PCs, and it seemed to work fairly good, but I wanted to get the opinion of others before committing to purchase a specific application.  Can you guys give me a couple of suggestions on the software you have tried; specifically the one that has worked best for you?

Here are environment variables/requirements:
  -  I'm running Windows Vista Ultimate on both my main PC and my media server and Windows Vista Enterprise on my Laptop.
  -  I have Gigabit and wireless draft N networking
  -  Only my laptop uses passwords for user access, and I really don't want to add passwords to my two PCs, which is why I am pretty much ruling out Windows Remote Desktop, and Vista does not have NetMeeting like XP did.
  -  I do not care if the software will allow me to connect via the Internet, as I really only need it for use within my home LAN so I don't have to use a KVM.
  -  It would be nice if the application has nice quality, since I have such a hi bandwidth network.
  -  I am not concerned with price, but I want a one time fee not a subscription fee as with Go-To-My-PC
  -  I'm guessing that an installed app will work better than a browser based app such as with Go-To-My-PC

Thank you in advance for your help, Jon
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Windows has one built in that i use to manage my company servers.

start-> run and type mstsc

its Remote Desktop Connection

Click on options and you can adjust what is transfered over and what the quality of the picture is.

Plus its free
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Yes, I am aware of Remote Desktop Connection, but like I said in my question, I believe you have to password protect your user login, and I don't want to do that, but thank you for your suggestion.

I actually tried RealVNC a few years back and it did work fairly good, but I was hoping to get suggestions on other software that I did not mention in my question; Radmin 3.0

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Dameware is another one i used a while back.. Worked pretty good. Its also free with many features
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UltraVnc is an alternative thats worth a look http://www.uvnc.com/
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I tried Dameware NT on Friday night, but I was not able to quickly configure it to be able to connect; also, I did not see a free version.  I was excited to try it though, since it is now in version 6 as apposed to UltraVNC being still in version 1.

As for UltraVNC, it is still in beta right now as far as Vista support goes, but I will try it as soon as I can.

Is there a way to use Windows Remote Desktop Connection without using a user password?

Thanks again guys for the help, Jon
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Thank you all for your suggestions, I will look into RealVNC, UltraVNC, and LogMein tonight.  Thanks again, Jon
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Thank you all for your help.  I went ahead and downloaded a copy of RealVNC, and it is working great.
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