Networking

LogMeIn Pro 2 takes remote access to the next level

Being able to provide secure remote access to work PCs is a growing market. Scott Lowe describes the latest update from LogMeIn, LogMeIn Pro 2.

I hate being tethered to the office, so I'm always on the lookout for ways that I can get my work done from wherever I happen to find myself. I've used a number of methods for remote access (RDP, GoToMyPC, and LogMeIn), and I've always liked the speed and feature set brought to the market by LogMeIn. Recently, the good folks behind LogMeIn have made massive improvements to the product and named the new version LogMeIn Pro 2. I have two machines that I access remotely using LogMeIn. One machine uses LogMeIn Pro 2, while the other uses the original LogMeIn Pro.

LogMeInPro 2's interface has undergone major changes with the addition of new features, including a complete performance dashboard, access to just about all system management features, desktop sharing, access to the command prompt, individual system performance metrics, and a whole lot more.

In fact, here's just a partial list of what is possible through a remote login using LogMeIn Pro 2. You don't need to perform these operations from the remote system's desktop; you need only to log in with LogMeIn Pro 2:

  • Change the computer's time and time zone.
  • Transfer files to and from the remote computer via Java, ActiveX, or HTML.
  • Share files with family, friends, and coworkers.
  • Share your desktop with others.
  • Open a remote command prompt.
  • Manage user accounts on the remote machine.
  • Edit the registry on the remote system.
  • Change access permissions to shared resources.
  • View high-level performance information.
  • Drill down into performance details.
  • View the connections currently open to and from the machine.
  • Get a list of currently open files.

LogMeIn Pro 2 isn't limited to the Windows crowd, either. I've been managing one of my systems from both my Mac laptop via Firefox, as well as from a Windows 7 machine running Internet Explorer. The server-side software also supports Macintosh computers, making LogMeIn truly cross platform.

The software is very easy to install, configure, and use. LogMeIn also provides an iPhone app that makes it possible to securely manage devices from a handheld device.

LogMeIn uses AES 256-bit encryption to protect your communication from prying eyes and making it a secure remote access solution. Better yet, you don't need to jump right into the Pro edition; if you'd like to try a more basic version of the product, check out LogMeIn Free, which is free and includes the same high level of security found in the Pro product.

So far, I haven't found anything not to like about LogMeIn. In short, LogMeIn Pro 2, in my opinion, would make a very good remote access tool for servers needing attention while people are away.

I've included a few screenshots of LogMeIn Pro 2 below:

LogMeIn Pro 2 remote system dashboard

Disk partitions as shown in LogMeIn Pro 2

Transferring files with LogMeIn Pro 2

Remote user management in LogMeIn Pro 2

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Since 1994, Scott Lowe has been providing technology solutions to a variety of organizations. After spending 10 years in multiple CIO roles, Scott is now an independent consultant, blogger, author, owner of The 1610 Group, and a Senior IT Executive w...

7 comments
markdean
markdean

Not sure why they've ignored the Linux segment of the server population especially since they are targeting IT folks. I use a Logmein Windows instance as a 'jump' box to a few Linux systems that I prefer not expose ssh to the public, but it would be nice to be able to go straight to them.

junk83501
junk83501

I know I know company has to make money but..... I use their free product, checked out the pricing for the PRO and like other products I think it is priced a little high for small companies. a thousand bucks a year kinda bits into the bottom line. I just think there would be a balance.

Super_Geek
Super_Geek

I have been using LogMeIn Free edition for a couple years, and have seen vast improvements just in the basic and free interface. I have gotten better speed and almost as many frills as paid for services through their competitors! Now that the next generation has come out, I will be sure to check out the PRO version. My bet is, it will be worth every penny!!

brycepetit
brycepetit

I would love if it would scale (1:1) multiple monitors. For example, I have two monitors at my office and two at my home, but i cannot fully emulate them with LMI1/2. I hope this comes soon.

Capt_Skippy
Capt_Skippy

Truth be told I've only recently jumped on the LogMeIn Pro bandwagon. But thus far it's been a GREAT addition to my home network. And judging from all the new goodies in the 2nd version, I've super excited to try it out.

kmdennis
kmdennis

It is a really nice product and what is more, it is inexpensive and you do not have to open up any more holes in your firewall to use it! I have been using it for years working on my friends and family's computers and it is awesome.

KestrelVt
KestrelVt

I have a small business and support almost 500 computers. You can do hardware,software and system inventories from all machines and keep it in their own files. It is as awesome a piece of software as you will see. It needs a few minor tweaks but in spite of that no problems!!!

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