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PostPosted: Tue Jul 26, 2011 4:05 pm    Post subject: Best software for remote access in a windows enviroment Reply with quote

Hey there,
Since I've been out of the windows world for a while, what's the best software for accessing a pc remotely (with security and speed in mind)?
How's VNC's speed nowadays?
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 26, 2011 4:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Team Viewer is said to work fine, but all the data goes through their HQ AFAIK, so didn't even try it.
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 26, 2011 4:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

For windows XP, I've had the best success with RealVNC. Anything will work fine on a lan, but I do hate VNC over most internet connections. TightVNC has always been really flaky for me, sometimes allowing a connection and sometimes not.

For windows 7, I really like the built-in remote desktop. Open up a windows 7 VM, start up the remote desktop client, and it's the best remote connection for Windows I have seen.
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 26, 2011 4:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

++ for the builtin clients in Windows {XP,Vista,7}.
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 26, 2011 4:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You can use NX Client to connect via RDP from any platform.
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 26, 2011 4:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Cr0k wrote:
++ for the builtin clients in Windows {XP,Vista,7}.

This.

RDP is an awesome remote desktop protocol
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 26, 2011 4:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

++ for remote desktop for windows 7/vista. Never had any problems, works great. I've had better luck with it than with any of the VNCs.
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 26, 2011 5:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

What about security? How does RDP handle that?
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 26, 2011 5:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Alcap wrote:
What about security? How does RDP handle that?

Every authentication method Windows itself supports.
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 26, 2011 5:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

AidanJT wrote:
Alcap wrote:
What about security? How does RDP handle that?

Every authentication method Windows itself supports.

Well, how about data encryption? Are the passwords going out in cleartext?
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 26, 2011 6:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Alcap wrote:
Well, how about data encryption? Are the passwords going out in cleartext?

TLS for data, and I'm fairly sure the authentication uses the same credential encryption Windows uses.
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 26, 2011 6:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

rtomek wrote:
For windows XP, I've had the best success with RealVNC. Anything will work fine on a lan, but I do hate VNC over most internet connections. TightVNC has always been really flaky for me, sometimes allowing a connection and sometimes not.

For windows 7, I really like the built-in remote desktop. Open up a windows 7 VM, start up the remote desktop client, and it's the best remote connection for Windows I have seen.

Any particular reason you don't like Remote Desktop in Windows XP, but you do like it in Windows 7? :?
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 26, 2011 7:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

sts wrote:
rtomek wrote:
For windows XP, I've had the best success with RealVNC. Anything will work fine on a lan, but I do hate VNC over most internet connections. TightVNC has always been really flaky for me, sometimes allowing a connection and sometimes not.

For windows 7, I really like the built-in remote desktop. Open up a windows 7 VM, start up the remote desktop client, and it's the best remote connection for Windows I have seen.

Any particular reason you don't like Remote Desktop in Windows XP, but you do like it in Windows 7? :?
It's been a long time, but I remember it being very unreliable for making remote connections. I guess there's been a lot of updates since then, and after looking at KB969084, it seems that XP now uses the same RDP server as windows 7. I try to avoid XP as much as I can, so I had no idea, and hope I never have to use it.
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 31, 2012 11:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

VNC speed is good. Alternatively, you can try using various remote support services such as gosupportnow.com, logmeinrescue.com etc. in order to remotely access computers.
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 31, 2012 1:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

the native client is great, but what's the best way to do it if you can't punch a hole in the firewall and there's no domain controller on the subnet?
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 31, 2012 1:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

big dave wrote:
the native client is great, but what's the best way to do it if you can't punch a hole in the firewall and there's no domain controller on the subnet?

TeamViewer then. It isn't as nice as RDP, but it's really useful for ad-hoc situations like that. I use it for connections to the machines of friends and family.
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 01, 2012 1:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

aidanjt wrote:
Cr0k wrote:
++ for the builtin clients in Windows {XP,Vista,7}.

This.

RDP is an awesome remote desktop protocol
++

I can't believe how much better this is than anything on the *nix side. At least that I've seen. VNC is a big pile of doo doo. One of the weakest areas in the *nix world.
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 19, 2013 10:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

On premise RHUB or Bomgar appliances are best for remotely accessing computers from anywhere. Other options are logmein, gosupportnow, GoToMyPC etc. hosted services for remotely accessing MAC or Windows computers.
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 20, 2013 2:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

pjp wrote:
aidanjt wrote:
Cr0k wrote:
++ for the builtin clients in Windows {XP,Vista,7}.

This.

RDP is an awesome remote desktop protocol
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I can't believe how much better this is than anything on the *nix side. At least that I've seen. VNC is a big pile of doo doo. One of the weakest areas in the *nix world.


It used to be the best and almost only game in town. The X server/client architecture is pretty nice, if you live in the 70s and 80s.

These days I usually launch GUI applications on my server via SSH, using mobaxterm. It's a nice cygwin/sshclient/xserver combo for windows and no charge unless you want to customise it. So if I want to, say, launch the virtualbox GUI, I open it up, ssh -Y user@server.foo and just launch it from there. It starts like a "native" windows application.

You can do the same thing on any nix machine you have a gui on, just open a terminal and ssh to the machine.

Not remote desktop, but good still.
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 20, 2013 3:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Cygwin seems to do well enough when I need to go that route. Some people at work use mobaxterm... I only learned about it a week or two ago, but haven't tried it yet.
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