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Hi, I wanta access to my computer in office frm my computer in home,how can I do that if in office we have a leased line connection and a DSL modem and set an ip address in IE properties->coonnetction->lan setting as proxy address with win2k pro for clients, and in home win98 and a dialup connection ????? Is it possible or what's your recommends way? Thank you. ------ Regards Mahnaz.
ASKED: January 4, 2005  7:19 AM
UPDATED: January 26, 2005  8:44 AM

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I’m a little suspicious you should have to ask this here.
There are a number of ways of doing this using a variety of programs. But since you have a proxy on this network, you should be asking the network admin who set this up. The proxy is there for a reason and for security considerations, a sanctioned application or method should be used in order not to compromise the security built into this network. I added a proxy amongst other things on our network for this very reason to keep info in.

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  • RRCBill
    The easiest way to do this is by using a service, such as GoToMyPC.com. I must caveat this by saying that I have never used one these services and do not trust them as secure. The best way to do it is to install a Virtual Private Network, or VPN. If you are using a DSL line, then you must be using either a proxy server or a router of some sort. If you are using Microsoft IAS, there is a built-in VPN functionality. Check the Microsoft Knowledgebase for instructions on how to set it up. If you are using a router, check with your hardware vendor, or the router manufacturer and see if they have an add-on feature the will enable VPN functionality.
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  • Wilsongo
    You may want to try www.logmein.com. This is a GotoMyPc equivalent but it is free.
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  • Bobkberg
    As habiru pointed out, I'm suspicious of such requests - especially if you're not going through the network administrator. And, as RRCBill and wilsongo mentioned respectively, programs like GoToMyPc, and LogMeIn will allow you access. That said, I'll also tell you that on firewalls I've administered, one of the things I do is to set up alerts for things like do-it-yourself network access, and then shut them down, and talk to the person involved, and their supervisor. For small companies, where you are the owner, or have the owner's permission, then GoToMyPC or LogMeIn are just fine - it's not a bad system, it's just that nothing strikes fear in the heart of a network admin to learn that people are bypassing their security procedures without their knowledge. To reiterate what RRCBill pointed out, the BEST solution is to set up VPN. Whether you use Microsoft's IAS, SonicWall appliances, Cisco PIX or something else, this allows end users all the access they need, while not putting the security decisions in someone else's hands. Bob
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  • ShortTexan
    Any of the VNC apps will do that. Check with your IT folk. I use UltraVNC because it has FTP built in. It also has a repeater if your IT folk wanted to set up proxie on your DMZ for security. Any of the VNC will work over a dial up. That was the original reason the app was created. If you do not need the FTP, there is RealVNC. But first and foremost, talk to your IT. They will have to open a port for you for this to work.
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  • Apollyon
    Hey, just go find your company's main router, secretly run some CAT6 cable under the carpet, connect a NAT/SPI/802.11B/G router to it, and set up a VPN with your home computer. Easy-peesy. Just don't get caught. Oh yeah, switch to WinXP Pro, it's much easier.
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  • Dclacy
    Mahnaz, Your goal to seek enlightenment on a topic such as remotely accessing your network PC from home shows a thirst for knowledge. The few points below I think need to added for consideration before you do anything.... Do you like seeing your Network Administrator cry? Have you considered that punching a gaping hole in your Networks security will expose mission critical data, financial records, privileged information about yourself and your clients, not to mention throw out the welcome mat for hackers to walk right on in? I imagine if your network is anything like that I administrate, your IT people would be furious... and will most likely do everything possible to stop you.... and then log every key stroke and mouse click from your PC until the end of time.
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  • Itspec
    As others have mentioned..this 'remote access' could be a definite CLM (Career Limiting Move) :) First either check with IT or at least check your Acceptible Use Policies, if you have one. You might be wasting your time in trying to figure this out if it's not allowed at all in the first place. If it's not allowed you definitely won't be making any friends in your IT/IS dept.
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  • MrWizard
    Aliyani, Don't try to do this on your own, talk to your network admin. I've seen this type of activity cost people their job. For everyone else who's replied to this post- It's obvious from the request that: 1. He's not the network admin 2. He hasn't consulted his network admin He's trying to bypass existing security. I'm sure I speak for all network admins when I say 'don't show him how to do it'.
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  • Airwrck
    This is a very simple operation, actually. The generic term for this is "remote access" or, if it is secure, "virtual private network" (VPN). However, the configuration can be very complex if security is an issue or if you do not have the proper infrastructure services and devices to accomplish this setup. We set these up for customers all the time by specifying the correct network components to provide a secure solution, and configuring those network elements for a stable remote access login regardless of the client's access method (broadband, leased, or dial-in). 1. The gateway device on your network has to be configured properly to allow inbound connections. It would be preferable if the gateway device were capable of providing Virtual Private Network (VPN) service as an endpoint, or if you have a server internally that can provide VPN service and the gateway can forward that VPN traffic to that server. Other alteratives use the solutions that have been mentioned previously, and your gateway would need to be configured to pass that traffic inbound to your office machine. 2. The inbound connection to the office from the Internet would need to be configured to direct inbound traffic to your workstation in the office. That might require putting a fixed IP address on your office machine, since DHCP does occassionally change the IP address of a client workstation. 3. If your DSL service gets a dynamically assigned public IP address from your ISP, your internal network would need to be configured with some sort of dynamic DNS service so that you could reliably reach your internal network by name. 4. You would need some sort of client/server remote control service on your home PC to access that work PC, or you'd need to enable sharing on the files that you want to access on your office computer. If you get VPN service set up either using an internal server or on the router itself, you'd need to dial up and then set up the VPN connection to the router. Again, none of this is very difficult, but it can be very complex if you are doing it for the first time.
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  • PinkFloyd6
    Well ....You can use windows remte desktop in case you have in your office Win XP Pro or VNC server for the others operating system but you will have to forward some ports to the ip from your computer on the lan.
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  • TScannell
    Access is power! But, in your case, it really depends on what kind of remote access you want to set up between your home PC and office computer. If you simply want access to files, and perhaps want to remotely control your office PC, then you may want to investigate solutions from GoToMyPC and LapLink. IN fact, the latter company offers products that can be used to simply shre specific files among friends and colleagues, or take complete control of your office PC. It is also senstitive of company VPNs and firewalss, which can block outside access. If, however, you want more seamless and secure conections, then there are solutions available from companies like NetMotion Wireless, although these must be deployed from the company side and firewall. Finally, if you are just looking to set up a way to get access to curent files and work to extend your office hours and drive your family crazy with your outrageous work ethic, then one relatively inexpesnive solution is to store files remotely via a third-party service like XDrive, which offers off-site and accessible storage starting at 5M bytes.
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  • Aliyani
    Hello every body. I must thanks of all of you that answered to my question. I don't know whats my wrong in this question!? I'm an administrator that wants sometimes work in house and than have access to my pc at work,that's it!!IS it strange and is a bad thinking!!??? I think the bad thinking is being cynicism to people and offensive to them!! What's the meaning of these sentances that "Tscannell" and "MrWizard" wrote for me: ---------- 1-"Finally, if you are just looking to set up a way to get access to curent files and work to extend your office hours and drive your family crazy with your outrageous work ethic, then one relatively inexpesnive solution is to store files remotely via a third-party service like XDrive, which offers off-site and accessible storage starting at 5M bytes." 2-"For everyone else who's replied to this post- It's obvious from the request that: 1. He's not the network admin 2. He hasn't consulted his network admin He's trying to bypass existing security. I'm sure I speak for all network admins when I say 'don't show him how to do it'." ------------ If I know everything why I need ask you and use of your services? Thank you so much again. Regards Mahnaz
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  • Poppaman
    Please accept my apologies for jumping in here so late... especially to habiru, bobkerg, dclacy, itspec and MrWizard. Aliyani, no one here is trying to imply that that you are doing anything illegal AS SUCH. Please be aware that as network/system admins, we all deal with the (hopefully) occasional rogue user who wants to use his personal computer to store stuff to be accessed from work or to transfer proprietary or business critical information out of the confines of the corporate "sandbox". It's called unauthorized access, industrial espionage, cracking, hacking, you choose. The additional information you give today may go a way to assure some of us that the request is legitimate, but, as I've said before in this and other forums, just because you are paranoid, it doesn't mean that there's no one out to get you. Paranoia is security's life blood, and what you are seeing is justifiable suspicion from people who either have been burned, or have yet to be burned by an unauthorized access incident. Your best bet, if you are the one in charge of your entire network infrastructure (or at the very least the firewall and the system(s) you wish to access), is to discuss the situation with a manager TWO LEVELS HIGHER than yourself, and if they buy in to your idea, approach your manager. Handled correctly and diplomatically, this will not be a CLM; handled incorrectly, you might as well start posting your resume now. To add my $0.02 to the mix, I would probably use either gotomypc (commercial Citrix product), one of the VNC clones (some free, some fee-based) or remote desktop (if you are using XP on both ends...).
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  • Aliyani
    Hi, Please stop this argue,I'm not a negative person and paranoid that you think I am.No problem all of you are my remoute colegues and friends.Forget it. Thanks again. ----- Regards Mahnaz
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