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    TightVNC

    Mods might want to move this post to wherever it may fit best.

    Over the last four months I've been using WinXP Remote Desktop and got hooked. However, the moment came when I needed to connect to a Windows 2000 Server machine from my WinXP PC. There's no way Win2000S supports incoming Remote Desktop connections, so I had to look for an alternative. Here's what I came up with:
    <hr>TightVNC is a free remote control software package derived from the popular VNC software. With TightVNC, you can see the desktop of a remote machine and control it with your local mouse and keyboard, just like you would do it sitting in the front of that computer. TightVNC is:

    - <img src=/S/free.gif border=0 alt=free width=30 height=15>, GPL-licensed, with full source code available;
    - useful in remote administration, remote customer support, education, and for many other purposes;
    - cross-platform, available for Windows and Unix, compatible with other VNC software.<hr>
    Whereas it does not integrate quite as well as RD, TightVNC does its job alright. I'm open to suggestions from other loungers, though.
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    Re: TightVNC

    Since I'm a regular user of Real VNC, I'm interested in finding out what the differences are between the products. Your link has further links to the VNC pages but I'm having trouble discerning that what the differences are in the two products. What am I missing on why I should (would) switch from Real VNC to Tight VNC?

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    Re: TightVNC

    I'm new to VNC -- either normal or Tigth. I happened to find opinions favoring Tight VNC somewhere, so I chose it, but without strong arguments as I was hurried. Somebody?
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    Re: TightVNC

    Al,

    I think sometime ago I mentioned SourceForge.net: UltraVNC. I've been using it at work for quite a while now. I really like the tabbed viewer where connections to multiple systems can be opened in the same UltraVnc instance. It also has a file transfer capability which we don't really need at work. See UltraVnc: Remote Desktop Support Software, Remote Support tool, Remote Desktop Control, Remote Access Software, PC Remote Control, Pcanywhere Alternative, GotoMyPC Alternative for more details.

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    Re: TightVNC

    <hr>There's no way Win2000S supports incoming Remote Desktop connections, so I had to look for an alternative.<hr>
    I may be misreading the article, but have you tried using the Remote Desktop Client software, or do you know for definite that it doesn't work on Windows 2000 Server?

    In passing you might like to check for the later version of the RDP 5.2 software, which Microsoft hasn't publicised, even a little bit, but is available from Daniel Petri's website.

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    Re: TightVNC

    I use UltraVNC to connect to servers on other sides of firewalls and over WANs and such. Unlike my experiences with the Remote Desktop tool, I find UV very reliable.

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    Re: TightVNC

    Hello John,

    The links you provided and other Internet resources offer the client portion of RD. What I need is to connect from WinXP to Win2000 Server. So, WinXP would play the client role (no problem, WinXP can be both client and server) and Win2000 Server the server one. I couldn't find a server part of RD available anywhere, or maybe it's me the one getting things wrong <img src=/S/confused.gif border=0 alt=confused width=15 height=20>.

    As I mentioned, I solved my needs with TightVNC. Now that Joe and Jim throwed in some comments favoring UltraVNC I'll try to give it a whirl too when I have some time.

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    Re: TightVNC

    I use Remote Desktop to connect from one XP Pro PC to another XP Pro PC (and occasionally from there to our Windows 2003 server!). You're right that I haven't hunted for Remote Desktop on Windows Server 2003...

    Would you consider trying to install the Remote Desktop software on your WIndows 2000 server "to see what happens"?

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    Re: TightVNC

    Hello John,

    > Would you consider trying to install the Remote Desktop software on your WIndows 2000 server "to see what happens"?

    I try not to install more than necessary on our Win2000 Server machines, since they are brand new and very powerful when compared to the rest of the organization's. I don't want to be pointed at when someone asks "who the heck...?" <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>
    I needed to make a remote connection because these servers are in a refrigerated room and it's Winter down here (as I type I'm down with a mild flu). When I first read the articles on the client RD software my first idea was to give it a try anyway to see what happens, as you say; but feeling it wouldn't work I tried finding an alternative instead.
    I was pretty hurried and didn't have time to post here, so I made a quick search and came up with Tight VNC, which works. I like RD's capability to send key combinations such as ctrl-alt-del or alt-tab directly to the remote computer, which TVNC lacks, but still I manage to do my job.
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    Re: TightVNC

    A really nice feature of UltraVNC is the "SingleClick" feature, which allows a client to download and run a selfcontained version of the server which will initiate the connection with the viewer, thus bypassing the need to configure the remote firewall (handy for communicating with my dad's computer - which I locked down in the first place!).

    It's a bit tricky to get going if you want to use one of the encryption plugins, but does eventually work if you include the plugin in the uploaded zip file (contrary to the instructions), and include the full path to the plugin in the viewer command line (the significance of these comments is clear in conjunction with the instructions on the site) - http://ultravnc.sourceforge.net/addons/singleclick.html

    I should add, the worst thing about UltraVNC is the documentation.

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    Re: TightVNC

    diegol,

    Sorry this is so late, but I'm learning all this stuff now, and thought I'd throw some added knowledge out for you. I'm assuming you're running an active directory environment...There is an add-in available for your purpose called Terminal services. If you install terminal services on your servers and clients (add remove windows components), you'll be able to remote in and perform administrative tasks. You won't take over any currently connected user session (that's what Remote Assistance is for), but if the room is as cold as you say, most people won't be at machine anyways. After you install terminal services, you'd have to set the permissions on the server to allow incoming remote connections, and you can then type http://localhost/tsweb in IE and you will be brought to a screen that asks you to type in the server name. You type in the local server name, and it will establish a remote session from there. You can log in with your administrator credentials and administer as you please <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>

    This is a solely Windows© solution, but was made specifically for the purpose you want to use it for.

    MS KB start point for W2k server Terminal services
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    Re: TightVNC

    Yes, Remote Desktop is a variant of the MicroSoft Terminal Services Client software (the partial giveaway is that you run MSTSC.EXE!).

    I checked our Windows Server 2003 this morning and you can Remote Desktop from there to (say) a Windows XP PC as well as the more usual vice-versa.

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    Re: TightVNC

    Thanks for the confirmation <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15> I'm still learning about the in's and out's of AD and Windows server environments....I just passed my 70-290 exam today <img src=/S/groovin.gif border=0 alt=groovin width=21 height=21>
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    Re: TightVNC

    <hr>I just passed my 70-290 [Managing and Maintaining a Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Environment] exam today<hr>
    Congratulations! But you know you shouldn't have said that -- I now know who to ask when I get problems!

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    Thanks...wait until after I get 291 out of the way <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>. I look forward to helping where I can; it will make me learn more...
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