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I second VaKo on RDP (formerly Terminal Services). It's faster than any of the others, but windows only. Has pretty good encryption too (but I'd still run it over a VPN anyway if possible, you never know when a zero day on RDP will come out). And it can do some really powerful stuff on windows servers.

But if you're looking for cross platform VNC, just about any flavor, is a good choice (again VPN or SSH).

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I second VaKo on RDP (formerly Terminal Services). It's faster than any of the others, but windows only. Has pretty good encryption too (but I'd still run it over a VPN anyway if possible, you never know when a zero day on RDP will come out). And it can do some really powerful stuff on windows servers.

But if you're looking for cross platform VNC, just about any flavor, is a good choice (again VPN or SSH).

how do i use it? what do i need to enter?

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There's this thing. Not as 1337 as everything u'll hear from this guys here but it does the job. And it works via IE.

On the host computer (probably the 1 at your house):

1.U install IIS(internet information services)->world wide web service->remote desktop web connection and world wide web service on windows (in add/remove windows components).

2.go to control panel->administrative tools->Internet Information Services

3.point to computername->web sites->and right click and select properties

on default web site

4.on the web site tab u see there is a place where it sais TCP port. There u need to write whatever port u want for example 6248 (between 1000 and 65535) and remember it so that u can access it later. After that click apply, ok and exit the whole IIS thing.

5.right clicking my computer and properties on the remote tab u should check "allow users to connect remotely to this computer.

6. U should have an account on the computer that has a password otherwice this will not work.

I think that's just about it on the host computer

Now on the school computer or any other that u want to use to connect

home:

1. open IE

2. point to:

http://your_ip_address:port_you_selected_i...services/tsweb/

Example if ur IP is 62.162.0.1 and u choose port 6248 it should look like this: http://62.162.0.1:6248/tsweb/

P.S. If you don't know your IP i usually go to http://www.whatismyip.org/ :) It does the job :P

3. In your IE windows u should see the remote desktop web connection and without changing anything just click connect

4. You should see your computers logon screen and here just write your username and password and that should be it.

Ah 1 more thing... Try it first and if you have a problem with the firewall or something you should portforward TCP port 3389 which is requred by the web connection and whatever TCP port u selected in IIS.

I'm sorry if I missed something. Just try it and if it doesn't work simply kill me (or post it here :P)

Peace

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Great info, Ethan. I think it goes without saying that as soon as you get IIS running on your system, you should go to Microsoft Update to grab all the latest patches. I can't help but think that your system could be easily compromised with this method, even if it were totally patched.

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What I've been using for months is UltraVNC. Not only is it a super-powerful VNC, but simple configuration will allow you to use it without installing any software on the client computer.

After you install go to settings and allow connections over ports. (Change from the default to shield against future exploits.)

Open both ports on your router and your done. There will be a little http server running with a java client on your box without any hassle with IIS. Login to your home box in Firefox or IE using http://[your.home.ip]:[httpport] 4900 by default.

As Derren said keeping those ports closed on the router and using a VPN is much more secure, but less doable from a school PC.

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As a protocol, standard X sucks *HARD* over slow connections. The server is in charge of everything, and the client can only show what the server tells it to. So even though SSH can compress the data stream to get some performance improvement, everything will require a round-trip to the server and thus be extra slow.

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I would say go for UltraVNC and enable the java viewer.

I did that so i could do remote administration on my webserver easily without downloading anything on the client computer.

If you aren't already you may also need to get intimate with DMZ.

(and DynDNS (or No-IP)) if your IP changes or you just cant remember the numbers.

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