Solved connect remotely to desktop over internet

October 15, 2012 at 22:59:51
Specs: 7, Dual Core/8 gigs
My friend has an internet connection that is much MUCH faster than mine. He gave me permission to set up a machine at his house to download things, (all legal ofcourse). So what I'd like to do is set up some kind of remote desktop, or VNC so I can control that computer from my house. But the thing is I don't want him to be able to use the computer cause he tends to mess things up. If you knew him, you'd understand. He still can't change oil with out spilling all over the driveway. So like in Windows, where it logs you out on the remote machine. But I don't want him to be able to say, log in as guest, and drop my connection. Maybe there is a way to lock the machine down?

I've never done a remote connection over the internet, only local. Mostly Windows Remote Desktop Connection and Real VNC.

I have an extra XP Pro machine, and I also could run Linux on it if need be.

Also, I've heard about SSH. Should I run something like this? Or would that remove the GUI? I guess I need another crash course in SSH.

Thanks in advance.

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October 16, 2012 at 07:18:41
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Remote desktop should be all you need. Once you've disconnected from a session, the PC you've connected to requires a login to get back into it. Alternatively, you could reboot it before you end the session and it would be back to the login after rebooting.

As to how. First you have to enable Remote Desktop on the PC you wish to connect to. Then you need to create a port forward on the router at the destination. If you've done RDC in a LAN environment, then it's really no different across the internet except for need to know the external IP of the location you're going to be connecting to.

I would set the RDP up at home and test it on the LAN to ensure it's working before moving the box to the remote site. Once you have it there, assign it's TCP/IP settings statically. Then you need to create the port foreward on the router at the remote site. You will be forwarding port 3389 to the LAN IP of your target computer.

After you've got that ready, you'll have to get the external IP of the remote site. That's as simple as going to the "what's my IP" website from a computer located at the remote site.

Armed with the external IP, you then go home, fire up RDC and enter that external IP. If you've got the port foreward done correctly, you'll connect to your PC at the remote location.

I don't think SSH is going to be the answer for you. Especially if you plan on copying files back and forth between the remote location and your home.

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How charged with punishments the scroll,
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I am the captain of my soul.

***William Henley***

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October 16, 2012 at 10:20:42
If your friend isn't you direct neighbour, and you have to connect to his computer or router via internet, your internet connection is the bottleneck.
So in that case, forget it, to connect to his computer cause there is no advantage, you can get.

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October 16, 2012 at 22:05:43
Thank you Curt. That's what I'll do. Thanks for your help. But how secure is RDC? That's why I was thinking of going with SSH. But I guess I won't have any sensitive info going across anyway.

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