What is difference between a Remote Login App and a VPN app?

Posted on 2009-04-20
Last Modified: 2013-11-30
What is difference between a Remote Login App like LogMeIn and a VPN app like VMware?

Their benifits seem to be the same - but they seem to be caterogized differently?

What are the main differences  and uses? some examples would be great.
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    VPN creates a tunnel and will actually be connected to the domain. (VPN software)
    A remote login app will use a secure connection like HTTPS. (Citrix server)
    With Citrix you can control weather the outside PC has any real connection to the server or how they access each other. This can be expensive as you will need a server to house the citrix profiles (as they will not use the current windows profiles) Depending on hardware Citrix can be slow sometimes.
    VPN give direct control to the domain and will load current profiles. Security and connection realiablity rely heavily on the admin that set them up.
    I like Citrix because my local machine needs no processing power and I can login from anywhere any time. (like from a kiosk maching or a PC at a friend or parents house, without local software)
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    "VPN app like VMware?"

    VMWare is virtualization software; not VPN software.


    VPN - establishes a secure tunnel that allows you to access remote computers as if you were connected to that remote network.  Processing of files is done at your end.

    Remote Desktops - you see the desktop of a remote computer and your keyboard/mouse inputs are transmitted to the remote computer.  Processing of files is done at the remote end.
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    Remote Desktops require that a PC/server be switched on at the remote site for you to 'remote' into as well as the machines that host the services you want to access (file/print/intranet).  VPN requires that only the resource machines hosting the services you want are switched on.  

    When working with big files Remote Desktops are best because rather than transferring large files across a slow WAN link they are transferred only between the remote PC and the remote server.  All that is transmitted to you is a 'picture' of your desktop and all you send is keystroke and mouse inputs.

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