Connecting to remote pc

March 17, 2009 at 08:39:31
Specs: Windows XP
I have a client who works on a different accounting package to me. I need to access his accounting program from my pc via the internet so I can work directly on program which is on his server.How do I do this? Please give reply in layman terms as im no comp bof.

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March 17, 2009 at 08:47:56
There are a number of ways this can be done.

Namely RealVNC, Remote Desktop or Remote Assistance.

Remote assistance could be the easiest way as it doesn't require any ports to be forwarded, you simply log into MSN messenger and get your collegue to do the same, then get your collegue to request remote assistance and you accept it.

The other two rely on ports being forwarded, useful if you want to remotely access a PC regulaly but one off it could be too much hassle.

For RealVNC download the free VNC Server onto the PC you want to connect to, set it up, configure it with a password then forward port 5900 from the router to the localmachine's IP. It can be connected to via the WAN IP address (which can be found by googling 'what is my IP' and sticking this into VNC Viewer which needs to be installed on the client.

For remote desktop it is built into Windows so you load up control panel, goto system, remote and tick allow incoming remote connections to this PC. Port 3389 needs to be forwarded in the same way as with VNC. This also can be accessed using the WAN IP, but rather than VNC Viewer, goto start, run, mstsc, hit enter then enter the IP in and it will prompt you for the password to login to the clients local Windows account, make sure this account is password protected else it wont allow a login.

hope this helps.


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March 17, 2009 at 18:25:12
See also and pcanywhere product.

There might be 50 more ways that are popular.

"Best Practices", Event viewer, host file, perfmon, antivirus, anti-spyware, Live CD's, backups, are in my top 10

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March 19, 2009 at 09:38:02
Thanks so much..

A lot easier than I thought



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