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Discussion in 'Networking' started by raichlea, Jan 25, 2005.

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  1. raichlea

    raichlea Thread Starter

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    Hi guys,
    I am trying to come up with a system where users can remotely access and save data to an excel spreadsheet. I am torn between the options and I was hoping someone could offer some advice. The ones I was thinking about are Remote Desktop, Terminal Services, and VNC. I have already ruled out ftp access. What I am curious about is which ones are most efficent and secure. At least one of the computers that will have to connect to it will be through dial-up so low bandwidth usuage is very important.
    The file in question will be about 100 MB
    The server computer is a windows xp pro box
    Thanks in advance.
     
  2. cw215

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    I recommend the remote desktop, because all the user needs is a Internet VPN connection to the server.


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  3. Bob Cerelli

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    I thought remote desktop and VPN were two different things?

    Remote Desktop was where you take over another person's computer.

    VPN is where you see a remote computer like it is on your local network and can map drives to it. VPN is pretty slow, especially over a dial up connection.

    At least with remote access software like VNC, you are only transmitting the screen display over the Internet. Trying to access a 100 MB file over a dial up with VPN would probably be quite slow.
     
  4. cw215

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    They are do different things. The server software has built in VPN capability over most popular VPN protocols, then once you in remote desktop allows you to access the server or any XP Pro station on the network, I can't confirm whether it just sends the screens, but I find the speed acceptible.

    Terminal Server differently works good over a dial-up line, I was using it a few weekends ago and it worked like a champ.


    Hope this helps.

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  5. Bob Cerelli

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    cw215,

    Since they are different, then I guess I'm a bit confused by "I recommend the remote desktop, because all the user needs is a Internet VPN connection to the server."
     
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