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Windows 7: VPN versus Remote Desktop Connection

25 Dec 2009   #1
pgordon

Windows 7
 
 
VPN versus Remote Desktop Connection

Do I need to establish a VPN connection from home to the office network before I can establish a remote desktop connection? If not, what is the point of a VPN connection?


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25 Dec 2009   #2
aem

Windows 7 Ultimate 64Bit
 
 

Well a VPN connection is nothing more than an authentication into your work private network. At home you are basically on your ISP's network which is like a public network. To go into your work's network you need to "VPN in".

Once you are on your work network, any machines that has Remote Desktop enabled, will allow you to RDP to it. Unless there are futher restrictions from your work's security which locks down access to machines on the network, you should be right to RDP in.
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25 Dec 2009   #3
pgordon

Windows 7
 
 

Can I "VPN in" through a VPN routher serving as a RD Gateway at the office, or do I need to devote one of the office computers to being a RD Gateway?
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25 Dec 2009   #4
aem

Windows 7 Ultimate 64Bit
 
 

Usually there is a VPN software that need to install on your machine, every work place has there means of providing their employees with VPN access. Have you talked to your work IT for into on this?
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25 Dec 2009   #5
pgordon

Windows 7
 
 

We're using Shrew Soft, and when I run Shrew Soft and follow IT's directions, I can get the message "tunnel enabled," but I still can't establish a remote desktop connection. After I get the "tunnel enabled" message, I follow the directions for establishing a remote desktop connection, but I get the message that the office computer is not part of the network, suggesting that the tunnel failed. Suggestions?
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25 Dec 2009   #6
aem

Windows 7 Ultimate 64Bit
 
 

Well i did say it depend on the machine at your work. If it does not have remote assistance enabled, how are you going to to RDP in? Or if the machine is offlined or not on the network etc.
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25 Dec 2009   #7
pgordon

Windows 7
 
 

I know that the office computer is on, that power saving is disabled, and that remote assistance is enabled on the office computer. In fact, I can RDP into my computer within the office LAN (i.e., I can RDP from one office computer to another office computer). Still, I can't get from my home computer to my office computer, despite being told that a tunnel is enabled. I'm stumped. Any other ideas?
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25 Dec 2009   #8
aem

Windows 7 Ultimate 64Bit
 
 

Here's a good reading on this subject.

How to setup Remote Desktop on Windows XP
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25 Dec 2009   #9
pgordon

Windows 7
 
 

Thank you.
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25 Dec 2009   #10
aem

Windows 7 Ultimate 64Bit
 
 

Nps, see how you go, reply with results k
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