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How can I setup a remote desktop access to a clients work computer? Can someone do a walkthrough?

    Question

  • System: Windows 7 Ultimate, Domain user account, logging on to Windows Server 2012

    From their Windows 7 desktop, they want to access their work computer remotely from home.  How do I go about setting this up?

    Friday, March 08, 2013 12:01 PM

Answers

  • First of all, your client would need to have permanent internet connection with fixed public IP address. The home type ADSL connections would not work.

    Second, your client should set up VPN service that will accept incoming VPN connections. Microsoft Windows Servers have this feature built-in, in "Routing and Remote Access Server (RRAS)". Third party solutions are also available.

    When VPN server is established, you can configure VPN "dial-out" connection on your Windows 7 computer. This connection will connect via Internet to the VPN server at your client. Your Windows 7 computer will then have access to your client's internal network. When you have access to internal network, you woul use RDP connection to your client's work computer(s).

    If your client does not have permanent internet connection, they may try to set up modems. This is somewhat older technology, but it should still work. Again with Windows Servers RRAS feature, a modem dial-in service can be established. Of course, in that scenario, Windows 7 computers would have to use modem connection, not Internet.

     

    Friday, March 08, 2013 1:46 PM