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Wyatt
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posted May 08, 2002 05:49     Click Here to See the Profile for Wyatt   Click Here to Email Wyatt     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I'm having to remote connect to a couple of servers. Can anybody recommend something that's better than PCAnywhere?

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omega996
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posted May 08, 2002 07:00     Click Here to See the Profile for omega996   Click Here to Email omega996     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
what kind of servers? for a fairly platform-independent program, have you looked at VNC?

it doesn't have as many bells and whistles as PCA, but you can get clients for just about any OS, and the server runs on more than one platform as well. in a pinch, you can connect to the machine running VNC with a web browser.
If you're running windows 2000, you could enable the remote administration feature, which is windows terminal services restricted for users who have administrator rights.

for UNIX, i'd suggest either OpenSSH or X-Windows over an OpenSSH tunnel...

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Originally posted by Wyatt:
I'm having to remote connect to a couple of servers. Can anybody recommend something that's better than PCAnywhere?


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quantumfluff
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posted May 08, 2002 07:21     Click Here to See the Profile for quantumfluff   Click Here to Email quantumfluff     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I don't want to start a flame war, but my suggestion is to never use a microsoft OS on a remote server. If you absolutely have to, then PC anywhere is OK. Use the highest encryption levels it has and disallow all plain text connections.

If the remote server is a unix box, then use SSH. Don't use the version of SSH which came with the OS. Get the newest one (from openssh.org, I believe) and build it yourself.

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dragonman97
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posted May 08, 2002 09:06     Click Here to See the Profile for dragonman97   Click Here to Email dragonman97     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I second the non-M$ use, but I am forced to use it at work - though my prof and I will be teaching my coworkers about Linux this month. If you need to use Windows, I would offer VNC as a suggestion, and you can tunnel it through SSH for added security. But if they will pay for it, you may as well use PCAnywhere - I think it may be more appropriate for Windoze - particularly the automatic locking of the workstation/server when you disconnect. I'm not sure about Carbon Copy, I've never used it myself. And I'll only use SSH for remote administration of *nix boxen. You can even tunnel X11 through your session, so that you can securely and easily access your apps from machines with an X server [I wish I had time to elaborate, and mention 'WeirdMind' - a pure Java, SSH and X11 Server applet].

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omega996
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posted May 08, 2002 11:46     Click Here to See the Profile for omega996   Click Here to Email omega996     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
you wouldn't get any flame from me; i don't think any microsoft OS belongs on a server unless there's a specific application that it is providing that is MS-only. unfortunately, the reality is that more people believe that NT/2K/future derivatives DO belong in the server room, providing as many services as possible.

makes me want to move to a non-it job *sigh*

anyhow...

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Originally posted by quantumfluff:
I don't want to start a flame war, but my suggestion is to never use a microsoft OS on a remote server. If you absolutely have to, then PC anywhere is OK. Use the highest encryption levels it has and disallow all plain text connections.

If the remote server is a unix box, then use SSH. Don't use the version of SSH which came with the OS. Get the newest one (from openssh.org, I believe) and build it yourself.


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Alan!
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posted May 09, 2002 07:40     Click Here to See the Profile for Alan!     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
remote administrator. http://www.famatech.com/
http://www.famatech.com/

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