remote access tools from XP or 7 to windows server

I've been tasked with auditing a number of file servers from a workstation to check a few basic settings. I am new to this type of work. What are the default tools on an XP or Windows 7 computer machine to establish a GUI remote access session onto windows servers (2003-2008)?

And also if you wanted to export specific information from a server, and save it back to your workstation on which you initiated the remote access connection, how would you recommend doing this? i.e. copy a file of a server and save it to your PC? Can that be done, i.e. can the remote access tool see the local drives on your PC, or just the drives on the server you've remoted onto?
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jerseysamConnect With a Mentor Commented:
Set up a simple remote desktop connection to the Ip of the server.

Right-click and edit, and select drives as local resources.

That way you will be able to save stuff directly to your local drives
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pma111Author Commented:
"Set up a simple remote desktop connection to the Ip of the server."



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msifoxConnect With a Mentor Commented:
And in Remote Desktop you can use copy & paste to transfer files between local and server 2008 in both directions.
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McKnifeConnect With a Mentor Commented:
Hi.

For xp there was adminpack.msi. For Win7 (and vista and win8) there's RSAT.
Since those will normally be run as domain admin, you can use \\DC\c$ from within to access the server's drives.
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