I believe what you could do is connect to the computer with a crossover cable and use Remote Desktop Connection – which is called Terminal Services in Windows 2000. You may have to install it on the boxes if it wasn’t installed by default. I think that with a properly configured crossover cable connection you should be able to fully operate the machine you are connected to. So this will require some setup on your part, but the end result is, all you have to carry is a cable and your latptop. There is also software that can perform this function if Terminal Services are not available for your version of windows. PCAnywhere comes to mind.
You’d need to make sure of a few things:
-you are both in the same workgroup
-your IPs are set up properly for a crossover connection
-your user has local administrator priviledges on the remote machine (or whatever privs you need)
-that terminal services (2000) or remote desktop connection (XP) are installed and activated on both machines.