Wednesday, June 24, 2009

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Using Remote Desktop Connection | Virtual Network Computing

We're not in a world where we can move from place to place instantly, but virtual network computing (VNC) and remote access might be the next best thing. Want to check up on a file that you left at work overnight? Or need to help troubleshoot a distant employee's PC? 
Remote Desktop Connection let you assume control of the remote system as if you were there. Your monitor shows a view of the far-away screen, and your mouse controls the remote pointer.

You have several options for configuring and setting up remote control. I'll explain how to get started with tools built into Windows.
Enable Built-In Windows Remote Access on a Host PC
Remote Access lets you connect to remote PCs without installing additional software, but there's a catch: The tool lets you create a host machine only in Windows XP Pro, Windows Vista Business, and Windows Vista Ultimate. Any version of Windows XP or Vista can connect as a client, however.
As an administrator in Windows XP, click Start, right-click My Computer (if you have my computer in your desktop, right click it), select Properties, and click the Remote tab. Click the checkbox next to Allow users to connect remotely to this computer. This setting will enable you to connect from another computer as long as you know this PC's administrator name and password. 

If you want to give people who aren't privy to this information access, select Remote Users and click Add. Enter the username into the box, and click OK. Click OK again if needed to get back to System Properties. Click Apply.

In Windows Vista, click Start, right-click Computer, select Properties, and click Remote settings in the left pane. Click the radio button next to Allow connections from computers running any version of Remote Desktop. (If you're connecting exclusively between Windows Vista PCs, click the final radio button for a more secure process.) You'll be able to connect from another computer if you know this PC's administrator name and password. 

To give other people access, click Select Users, click Add, enter the user name, and click OK to permit that access. Click Apply in System Properties.

Connect to a PC With Built-In Windows Remote Access
As I mentioned earlier, any version of Windows XP or Vista can connect as a Remote Access client. Here's how to establish that connection, especially over a local network.
In Windows XP, click the Start button and then select All Programs, Accessories, Communications, Remote Desktop Connection. Enter the name of the computer (if it's listed on a local network) or its IP address (if it's in another location). Click Connect.
In Windows Vista, click the Start button and then choose All Programs, Accessories, Remote Desktop Connection. On a local network, enter the name of the PC or browse for its listing. If you're reaching across the Internet, enter the IP address for the remote PC (or better, connect securely as outlined in the software VPN section below.) Click Connect. Enter your log-in name and password, and click OK. 

If you're connecting to an XP PC, you may see a warning; click Yes to connect. Once connected, the host PC will display its log-in screen, while the remote PC is in control.

Your local PC will now behave just like the remote machine. When you're ready to end the connection, click the X at the top of the screen. To regain control of the local PC temporarily, enter a windowed mode by clicking the frame icon (or click the minimize icon).

Remote Desktop Connection let you assume control of the remote system as if you were there. But, how To Wake up your system from remote location that is not on and running? Here we use Wake-On-Lan (WOL): Read More On Wake-On-Lan.

Although the Windows Remote Assistance (Remote Desktop Connection) feature is quite powerful, an even more flexible option exists... Read More On : Alternatives To Remote Assistance

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