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iPad and LogMeIn make potent troubleshooting and repair duo

Erik Eckel explains how he uses his iPad and LogMeIn together to remotely troubleshoot and repair Windows clients. Read why he thinks the iPad might be the netbook killer.

iPad haters need to run for cover. Asustek  reportedly blames the iPad (which is selling millions of units) for gutting netbook sales, so much so that Asustech (manufacturer of popular netbooks and components) lowered its Q3 sales projections. I predict the iPad will go down as the netbook killer. Debate it all you want, but iPads are proving incredibly potent devices.

I no longer carry my laptop, so capable is the iPad. Simple apps, such as Desktop Connect, make it easy to employ RDP using Apple's tablet. And with Desktop Connect, it's easy to securely and remotely administer Windows servers using their own built-in RDP technology. But enterprise administrators can also use LogMeIn Ignition to connect to Windows client machines (as well as Macs running LogMeIn).

Many IT professionals, consultants included, leverage LogMeIn Free, Professional and Rescue to remotely troubleshoot or repair workstations. With LogMeIn Ignition, iPad users can connect to any of those LogMeIn-enabled devices. For those enterprise administrators and technicians that haven't or can't enable routers to pass port 3389 traffic, and for those technicians that prefer the simplicity of LogMeIn for remote administration, LogMeIn Ignition provides iPad users with a simple and reliable utility for securely troubleshooting or accessing remote Windows systems.

Real world

How well does LogMeIn Ignition work? Put it this way. I haven't traveled without a laptop, not even for an overnight stay, in ten years. With some 4,000 clients on our register, it's hard to even travel. But in late June my family hit the beach. I didn't take a laptop; I took my iPad. Sure enough, I soon needed to look up critical documentation for a client. Normally that would require booting up the laptop, locating the information and firing it through. Within moments, using LogMeIn Ignition, I was securely connected to my remote workstation. I located and cut-and-pasted the necessary information into an email message and passed it on. Problem solved. Most interesting? The entire episode lasted longer than it takes for a laptop computer to even boot up.

Think about that. It's pretty compelling.

I purchased an iPad solely so that I could try it out-write about it, maybe read a few books on it. But thanks to LogMeIn Ignition, I no longer even need a laptop in the field. In addition to being able to connect to my desktop workstation, thereby eliminating the need to even synchronize files with a laptop, I can connect to numerous client systems in the field. Enterprise administrators can leverage the iPad/LogMeIn Ignition combination in the same way.

For less than thirty bucks, LogMeIn Ignition makes it easy to take an iPad and use it to remotely fix numerous issues on Windows workstations. Besides providing remote access to Windows clients (and servers, for that matter), I've used LogMeIn Ignition to troubleshoot e-mail connection issues and address printing problems. Support professionals and administrators also can easily use the application to create new user accounts, mitigate malware, view error messages users' describe, stop or restart services, view Windows' Application and System error logs, check on antivirus and backup operations, confirm disk space and perform countless other tasks.

Best of all, it's easy to use. Intuitive and simple, LogMeIn's earned a reputation, including within enterprise environments, for building applications that work. LogMeIn Ignition is just such a tool, one that makes it easy for enterprise administrators to turn their iPads into a potent troubleshooting and repair device.

About

Erik Eckel owns and operates two technology companies. As a managing partner with Louisville Geek, he works daily as an IT consultant to assist small businesses in overcoming technology challenges and maximizing IT investments. He is also president o...

6 comments
Ed19kings
Ed19kings

I have made comment before about this fantastic combination. I originally used LogMeIn on the iPhone as one other person also commented, but the screen size is a little awkward for moving around. The iPad, however, really makes this an easy task. If a client who has not already deployed LogMeIn calls, I can log in to my office computer, deploy a link to the client and then be logged on to their computer in a very short space of time. We support accounting software and it is extremely easy to not only fix problems but teach the end user at the same time. Can this be done on a laptop? Of course it can, but the iPad is so much easier to carry around. I can then continue my geocaching trip or sit back and read a book. Who wants to lug around a 15 or 17 inch computer screened laptop when the iPad does it so well at the right size? Right now I am sitting back in my recliner chair in the lounge without trying to balance a laptop with it's large screen trying to tip over. So much easier. Could others do the same? Maybe, but Apple have hit the market with the right product and capabilities at the right time. The technology has now made this all possible. For me the iPhone was the first phone I really got to grips with for receiving email and surfing and the logical extension to this was to move to an iPad. Great combination of technology (iPad) and apps (LogMeIn).

wizard57m-cnet
wizard57m-cnet

Sheesh...was this a blog post or a paraphrasing of LogMeIn's sales pamplet???

Gis Bun
Gis Bun

And a netbook can't do the same? Please.....

bvega
bvega

I actually use the Iphone with Logmein Ignition to remote into my XP or Win 7 PC. Yes, the Ipad would be much better but I'm sstill saving my pennies to own one. In the menatime... Both home and office PCs have free Vmware server running XP clents with VPN software like Cisco, Nortel, etc., installed on them. After I remote into the PCs, I open the Vmware session and initiate Cisco VPN session. Now, as many of you may know, unless you are at the PC's console, you're network connection will be severed. With Vmware making the VPN connection, my desktop running Logmein, doesn't get disconnected. Hence, I am able to VPN into client PCs from my Iphone. Benny

blalew
blalew

What iPad accessories do you use? One reason I've avoided the iPad was because of the keyboard (or lack of). I use a MS Natural keyboard on my desktop and really appreciate the relaxed position that my wrists stay in. Do you use a separate keyboard? What else?

fkowal
fkowal

Try it.. It works way better than MS own remote control. I just use it for my home and fellow friends.. I am not a admin. The stuff is great, I have even told others about it and they got stuck on using it too as it was that good for them too.