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Topic # 64233 11-Jul-2010 16:13
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I am wanting to set up a remote desktop connection for 2 reasons.

The first is that my neighbour always has problems with her computer and it would save me a lot of time to just jump onto it via a remote connection and fix the problem she is having. Can anyone reccomend the best way to do this? I dont mind having to go over to install software if required. So, just really the best way and most reliable way to set up the remote connection. Obviously I dont mind her knowing that I am operating her computer.

The second reason is that I want a way to do a remote connection to my home computer when im away. But I want this connection to be un-noticable to the user at home. I want to be able to view the computer and take control if I need to. This is because often when I am away, other members of my family use my computer when they know they are not meant to.

So any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

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  Reply # 349951 11-Jul-2010 16:31
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Use Logmein - http://www.logmein.com - It doesn't require port forwarding and works on PC's and Mac's with ease. Also has a nice control panel.






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  Reply # 350186 12-Jul-2010 11:52
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michaelmurfy: Use Logmein - http://www.logmein.com - It doesn't require port forwarding and works on PC's and Mac's with ease. Also has a nice control panel.


Awesome! Thanks for that. Its a great solution for when my neighbour needs help.

Does anyone have a solution for my second issue where the user wont know that I can see their screen / control it?

 
 
 
 


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  Reply # 350192 12-Jul-2010 11:58
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solution to your second problem. put a password on.




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  Reply # 350195 12-Jul-2010 12:04
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chiefie: solution to your second problem. put a password on.


Would be nice but the rest of my family would have a spat.... Ive done it before and they have taken my computer into a technition and had the password removed! I dont so much mind them using it its just that they never let me know what they do and then they have heaps of problems and say that they havent done anything.... It would be nice to catch them out.

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  Reply # 350199 12-Jul-2010 12:08
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Starplay: Does anyone have a solution for my second issue where the user wont know that I can see their screen / control it?


You can set Logmein to display a notification when you connect, or even enable it so it will ask the person sitting at the computer if you can connect. Otherwise you can also put it into a silent mode which let's you sit there, watch them, then take control if needed.




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  Reply # 350206 12-Jul-2010 12:20
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Wait... is this YOUR computer or a family-shared computer? You said "This is because often when I am away, other members of my family use my computer when they know they are not meant to." so they knew they shouldn't be on it and why would they have a spat if you protecting your computer from unwanted usage?!?!




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  Reply # 350215 12-Jul-2010 12:28
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chiefie: Wait... is this YOUR computer or a family-shared computer? You said "This is because often when I am away, other members of my family use my computer when they know they are not meant to." so they knew they shouldn't be on it and why would they have a spat if you protecting your computer from unwanted usage?!?!


It is MY computer... not the family-shared computer. The family shared computer always has someone on it and that is why they go and use mine. But I have asked them many times not to. They think they can do what they like and think that because it is in their house they own it... At least its only another 18 months till I move out!

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  Reply # 350222 12-Jul-2010 12:52
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Depending on your OS which I assume is either Windows XP or Windows 7 it's not possible to have multiple sessions, that is you can't have someone logged on locally then RDP to the machine without kicking them off. With XP I believe there was a hack but never looked into it.

You need to be running Windows Server 2003/2008 in order to have 2 or more sessions connected without interrupting the other.

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  Reply # 350226 12-Jul-2010 12:55
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Hmmm.. I'd definitely suggest getting password put on and sternly let them know it IS your property and doesn't matter if it is in family house or not.




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  Reply # 350227 12-Jul-2010 12:59
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Are you able to remove or hide an important part of the computer when you are away from it?

Or what about, be a nice guy and have an un-passworded non admin user account that will allow them to use it with minimal damage?

Win-Win and you are the nice guy instead of the guy who won't share?

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  Reply # 350356 12-Jul-2010 17:39
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I agree with the previous caller... have a non admin account they can log into.
OR you could even partition your drive, set up another OS on it, so they can boot into it and do whatever they want while your away.



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