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    TheBusinessAccountant
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    Hi

    I have a question which is probably very simple however I have searched and searched and can’t seem to work it out!!

    I want to set up a remote connection from my laptop to my desktop computer so that when I am at a client’s premises, I can access my desktop using my laptop that I have with me, rather than having to load all of my software onto the laptop as well as the desktop.

    I use Windows 7 on the desktop and Vista on the laptop. Any feedback to point me in the right direction would be very much appreciated!!!

    Thanks.

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    Chris Bates
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    Hey Linda, have you seen:

    https://www.gotomypc.com
    https://www.logmein.com

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    bradzo
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    Hi Linda

    I use UltraVNC.
    Open source.
    File transfer capabilities.
    And lots more.

    http://www.uvnc.com/

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    TheBusinessAccountant
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    Thanks for those links. However I was actually after something a little bit different…let me explain. When I was consulting for another accounting firm, they allowed me to log in to there system from home by giving me a IP?? address and password. I then used that to log in to their system remotely without any other software required. I think it was called remote desktop or something along those lines.

    Is that still available? It’s just that it was like logging in as if I was at work on-site rather than having to use external software.

    Thanks again.

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    marketingweb
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    Remote desktop connection is built into windows and is easy to use – in XP it’s under Accessories in the start menu and will be somewhere similar on Win 7.

    HOWEVER the hard part of it is not the client end it’s the server end. Ie the connecting in is easy, the setting up of the main computer to allow connections can be a bit of work.

    However if you check out this guide it may help you.
    http://4sysops.com/archives/how-to-setup-remote-desktop-with-windows-7/

    Best of luck

    Matt
    Marketing Web

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    FletcherTax
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    Chris & Brad

    Sincere thanks for your suggestions. I was looking for this software and thought it didn’t exist!

    You have no idea how glad I am that I found your posts!

    Janna

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    Trish FCA
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    Hi Janna,

    Can you please let me know how you go with this as I’m looking at doing the same thing.

    Thanks,

    Trish :-)

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    Chris Bates
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    Be warned with RDP/RDC, you might need to setup some port fowarding with your router to be able to connect to your local PC.

    Depends on the way your network is setup. That’s why I didn’t recommend it to start off with, haha!

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    Hi there,

    I wouldn’t recommend using Remote Desktop Connection software in your situation.

    The main reason being it’s not secure.

    To secure it, you really need to setup an encrypted connection before you use the software so no one can spy on you.

    This can be a pain.

    If you can (or know someone who can) setup a secure connection, say via a Virtual Private Network (VPN) then Remote Desktop is a viable, secure option.

    Software like Go To PC gives you access to your machine over the internet and it is already secured!

    This, I believe would be your best option.

    regards

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    Raky
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    Howdy!

    Just a quick note – in an office environment usually all machines will have a static IP (the IP will not change). At home depending on the type of connection you have with your ISP your IP will sometimes change (Dynamic IP address).

    In case your IP will be changing in the future (the external IP of your Desktop machine) you may want to look into installing something like: http://www.dyndns.com/ to your Desktop machine. This will assign a hostname like “fletchertax.somehost.com” to your IP and will constantly update the hostname with your latest IP address.

    This means anytime you want to connect to your desktop you’d just have to connect to the hostname instead of an IP address that may change all the time.

    Ahhhhh I hope I haven’t caused too much confusion – feel free to buzz me if you require any further assistance.

    Good luck!

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    Raky, post: 35238 wrote:
    Howdy!

    Just a quick note – in an office environment usually all machines will have a static IP (the IP will not change). At home depending on the type of connection you have with your ISP your IP will sometimes change (Dynamic IP address).

    In case your IP will be changing in the future (the external IP of your Desktop machine) you may want to look into installing something like: http://www.dyndns.com/ to your Desktop machine. This will assign a hostname like “fletchertax.somehost.com” to your IP and will constantly update the hostname with your latest IP address.

    This means anytime you want to connect to your desktop you’d just have to connect to the hostname instead of an IP address that may change all the time.

    Ahhhhh I hope I haven’t caused too much confusion – feel free to buzz me if you require any further assistance.

    Good luck!

    FYI – This would be another issue automatically solved by Go To PC

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    Raky
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    Intuitive, post: 35239 wrote:
    FYI – This would be another issue automatically solved by Go To PC

    Very true – I like LogMeIn for it’s iPhone app.

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    Raky, post: 35241 wrote:
    Very true – I like LogMeIn for it’s iPhone app.

    Yep definitely a handy feature for the super-ultra lite-mobile user! :-)

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    Hi Linda,

    The question I would ask is why you did not want external software (cost, security etc)?

    The answers that the others have given UI think show that logmein or gotomypc (or other similar things) offer the simplest and actually most secure remote access to your PC.

    As Chris has mentioned, to set up remote access using the Windows server tools requires some technical skill to get right, and if you don’t get it right the potential for compromise is high.

    I use Logmein, and it is recommended by Tim Ferris in the 4-Hour Work Week for exactly the purpose you are looking for.

    Kevin

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    PerthIT
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    an easy solution (often used by accounting firms) is Hamachi client. It’s free and user friendly. Just google Hamachi.

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