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Administering Windows servers/workstations from a Mac

By chach17 ·
I'm a big Mac user and I have to administer a number of Windows servers at work. I use a lot of Remote Desktop at the moment, but I'm curious to know what other tools Mac users are using to administer Windows servers/workstations. What works well and what doesn't? What do you wish you had that you don't already have?

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What I use is Adito OpenVPN

by robo_dev In reply to Administering Windows ser ...

This is a clientless SSL VPN solution (that's free). I run it on either a Ubuntu 10 box (as a VMware guest OS) or on a Windows box (as a VMWare guest OS).

The way it works is you connect via a web browser, then your servers or connections under that can be configured as applications or web forwards.

So when I connect via the page (which is a SSL VPN connection), I then have shortcuts setup for connecting to servers via VNC, RDP, SSH, and even HTTP. Each shortcut launches a Java applet (for RDP, SSH, VNC, WebDav, FTP, etc.)

So for my Ubuntu server I connect via either SSH or VNC, I goto most Windows boxes via UltraVNC (more stable than RDP), and I can pull up the web interface of my firewall, PDU, UPS, and even network management console with a web forward.

Oh and the the really cool part is that VMware supports VNC protocol natively at the guest-layer, so this allows me to control VMware guests at the BIOS level.

There are two similar commercial solutions, one is the Cisco ASA platform which gives you a clientless SSL VPN, and the other is the Barracuda SSL VPN appliance.

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