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Hello:
 At work we are withing a Domain network and I wanted to know if its possible to remote desktop from home to my work pc.

There is the Cisco Firewall , then the Domain Controller, then my Work pc.
Will I need to 1st get access to the Cisco Firewall or can I just put the IP address or Computer name on the RDC from home and connect?

If I need a VPN to connect to the Cisco Firewall, is there a free VPN out there which will allow me to do that?

Please explain in simple English.

Thank you.
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Question by:noamco36
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by:motnahp00
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You will need to open up your listening port on your Cisco firewall to allow the inbound connection. It is typically TCP 3389. Configure your router to port forward to your server within the network.

Remote desktop to your public IP address and that's it.
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by:SuperTaco
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Motnah has the best option.  You can always create a VPN on your cisco router. It generally comes with on or two licenses.
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by:Lee W, MVP
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motnahp00 is correct - if you want to allow hackers into your network more easily, by all means open port 3389.  There was just a widely publicized bug that potentially allowed hackers to compromise your system if you opened RDP, port 3389 without first connecting with a VPN or other such technology.

If you want to protect your network, implement a VPN.
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by:John Hurst
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>>> If you want to protect your network, implement a VPN <---- YES!  That is the only safe way. If you need a free VPN client, Shrew Soft makes a decent VPN application and it is free. It should work with Cisco. ... Thinkpads_User
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by:Aaron Tomosky
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Logmein works well to. Free. Easy.
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by:noamco36
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motnahp00 :  "Remote desktop to your public IP address"  -  you mean to my work IP address?

What about if I dont have access to the Cisco firewall, is there a way to bypass that?
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by:Aaron Tomosky
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Install logmein or teamveiwer on your work pc. Sign in to your account. Go home. Sign into to your accounts on your home pc. Click connect.
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The BEST thing to do is to talk to your company's IT people - there may be a solution in place for you.  Or a policy against it.
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