Managing XP Desktops on my LAN

By bds_1959 ·
This seems like it should be relatively simple, but I just can't find a good answer! My company has approximately 275 workstations on our LAN. Rather than getting up and physically going to the user's desks when they have problems, I'd like to find a FREE and SECURE way to be able to sit at my desk and remotely connect to the user's Desktop. I've looked at Ultra-VNC - it does what I want, but my peer and Manager have shown an uneasiness with the security of this software. Is there anything out there that anyone can recommend that will allay the security concerns and still be no-cost? Is security a legitimate issue with Ultra-VNC? Any help would certainly be appreciated. Thanks!

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why not RDC?

by balge In reply to Managing XP Desktops on m ...

just wondering why you do not want to use Windows native Remote Desktop Connection?

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Security concerns depend on configuration

by Charles Bundy In reply to Managing XP Desktops on m ...

Original ORL VNC w/o NT auth would be a security concern but UltraVNC support NT auth and can be as secure as MS-RDS. (Note to self; the only secure computer is one that is locked in a vault, not connected to a network and turned off)

Using Remote Desktop Services works well, except it's a little harder to do collaborative troubleshooting using it's default connect method of "blank the console at the other end" You can change that behavior tho.

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