Remote Desktop

By Ron K. ·
Well, stuff you folks probably know how to do... I just learned.

I can now use Remote Desktop Connection (RDC) to view and work on computer B from computer A.<br>
What was irritating though is that computer B always went to the login screen instead of returning to where I'd left it on computer A.<br>

A simple batch file on computer B resolved that problem. 'tscon.exe 0 /dest:console' and it resumed where I'd left it after working on it from computer A. I called my batch file 'logon.bat' and run it when I'm finished with RDC.
This is all over a small home network. Computer B soon to be relocated in a craft room, in a barn with a Cat5e connection to our router.
Cool, as far as it goes.
Now I want to work on computer B from computer A and have what I'm doing visible on computer B in realtime. My thinking is that it'd be easier to help my two users by showing them, remotely, what to do. <br>
Spying? :^0 I don't care what they're doing. We're all semi-mature adults here. I would like for them to be able to initiate the session, or not, doesn't matter.
It's not like I'm some big Admin. or something, I just want to do it that way and will be searching for ways to do it.
I'm open to suggestions and prefer not to use a VPN to do it across the Internet, unless that's the best and cheapest way. I'm unsure, at this minute, if I have a static IP address or not.
There must be a way to do it across a network. <br>
He'p me, he'p me, brotherman.


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Remote support

by TobiF In reply to Remote Desktop

Ordinary remote desktop will maintain a separate session for the logged on user.
In addition, the server side of this is typically included only on "professional" flavors of Windows.

If the RDP feels ok for you, you could try the remote support tool.

Another approach could be to use "the cloud". There are at least a couple of decent services for remote management that are free of charge for non-commercial use:

If you should be the only person to connect to these computers, then Logmein can be very useful (although the free product won't bring the remote sound to your computer, and you can't do file transfer and some other stuff)

Teamviewer gives less restrictions on what you can do, and even has the ability to create a virtual private network between your computers, but the free version will have a slightly more intrusive and nagging interface. For ad-hoc usage, this is a better option.

So, you can try windows native remote support. But if you start stumbling, try Teamviewer. If someone wants you regularly connect from remote and help them maintain their computer, then try logmein.

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I forgot to mention that these are XP Pro PCs.

by Ron K. In reply to Remote support

This is the first I've heard of Remote Support. I'll see what I can dig up on that.

Thanks for the idea of using Teamviewer amd Logmein.

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I've given up on RDP Remote support

by TobiF In reply to I forgot to mention that ...

When someone needs help, the last thing I want to explain is how to forward port 2389 from the router to their machine and open the firewall... If they feel ok with those tasks, then (per definition) they don't need my help... :)

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Teamviewer meets my needs.

by Ron K. In reply to I've given up on RDP Remo ...

Thank you.

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for this I use

by .Martin. In reply to Remote Desktop

UltraVNC. like remote desktop, but leaves the screen open to interaction (you can also block them out). it also has a chat client built into it.

I am also told TightVNC works well.

both these work over a network, as well as over the internet (although the later requires port forwarding on the router).

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I'll download UltraVNC to check it out.

by Ron K. In reply to for this I use

Thank you, .Martin

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