Your Systems Remotely
information age! That means
that you no longer have to be at a particular physical location to get
work done. More and more
people are working away from their office while on the road, at home, or
wherever. This technology
is also useful for companies with multiple locations that need to link
their computer resources together.
access software and hardware products satisfy these requirements.
File, application, and database servers can reside at your main
location while you, with your computer and Internet connection, can be
most anywhere. This article
describes various types of products available and what they are best
the old days (i.e. last year), most people would use a product like
pcAnywhere to access and take control of a single computer remotely.
Microsoft once again has taken a big chunk out of competitors by
building “Remote Desktop” into Windows XP Professional (but not the
Home edition). Windows XP
Remote Desktop is a single user solution and works pretty darn well.
There is a product from ThinSoft called WinConnect that can turn
Windows XP Remote Desktop into a multi-user environment for several
simultaneous connections but the jury is still out on the stability and
security of this solution. Other
single user solutions include VNC (free), Laplink2, and Go To My PC.
of the best known remote access methods for the corporate arena is
Citrix. Citrix MetaFrame XP
Presentation Manager allows you to publish a set of application icons
that a person with the Citrix client installed on their pc can locate
and run over a wide area network or the Internet.
All processing is done on the Citrix server so only key strokes,
screen refreshes, and mouse clicks travel over the connection making it
very efficient. It is a
multi-user solution and depending on the applications being run, a
moderate dedicated server can handle about 20 concurrent users.
Citrix has another product called Secure Access Manager that
incorporates a web development tool and portal capabilities into the
base Citrix product.
has a solution called Terminal Services.
Terminal services works much the same way as Citrix and in fact
was originally created by Citrix and is required for Citrix to run.
Terminal Services runs on Microsoft Server 2000 and there is a
new and improved version that runs on Microsoft Server 2003.
While it has good functionality, it still lacks certain
capabilities of Citrix.
Access Software permits great flexibility in the way you work.