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Replacement for LogMeIn / Teamviewer

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I’m looking for a replacement to logmein, and a replacement to teamviewer.

I love teamviewer, and I love how it integrates a desktop control system, meaning, I double click the name and I’m connected.  However, teamviewer does not have the ability to log into a website and control x machine, you have to be at one cpu to do any remote work, not ideal.

Logmein you can control any computer from anywhere, just log in and control.  However, it doesn’t’ have the desktop integration like temaviewere does, meaning, I have to log in, click the computer, put in password, then connect.  No double click from desktop option.

I’m looking for a solution that will allow me to do both.

Also, both allow me the option to connection the computer without the user input, this is mandatory (no lync for example).  The remote ability to wake up the computer is nice too.

RDP won’t work as it locks the computer, I need a true vnc style of connection.
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by:John Hurst
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Have you looked at remote desktop from a Google Chrome browser?

https://support.google.com/chrome/answer/1649523?hl=en

I use RDP because I like it better overall (even if a few extra clicks). If your computer is working correctly, RDP should not lock it up.
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by:dzirkelb
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Chrome is not supported by our systems, so no one has it installed, and wont' be an option.  Although it looks like a good one.

I can't rdp to multipl sites without opening vpn's for each connection, so that's out of the question also, if it it doens't lock the computer.

However, it is a possible option for internal clients to my network.  How do you remote into someone's computer without locking their screen, so I can see what they ar doing, and they can see what I'm doing?
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And, it looks like logmein has a desktop version:

https://secure.logmein.com/products/pro/learnmore/desktopapp.aspx

So I'm looking for logmein functionality with an unlimited license / non yearly fee like teamviewer has if anyone has any ideas.
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1. You might wish to revisit the use of Chrome at least for yourself if it will do what you want.

2. Multiple Sites depends on the underlying VPN. I just RDP'd into two servers with no issue, but I have VPN to support that.

3. For RDP (no client interaction) you do take over the client computer. That is the way RDP is.

Probably what you want is one of the paid versions of Logmein or else to try Chrome. I have not seen a "one tool does everything". RDP does what I need and to go beyond that (for live client sessions) I use Logmein.
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I am going to use the chrome route for personal / consulting use, it is pretty slick.  Since we don't use chrome at work, I'll probably just purchase teamviewer or logmein. Thanks
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@dzirkelb - Thank you and I was happy to help.
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