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Guides: Remote Desktop Guide

This guide covers the topic of Remote Desktop. It will explain what it is, how to set it up and how to use it. I will also show you several fairly uncommon tricks and I'll provide some troubleshooting for certain sticky situations. It should be noted that you must have Windows XP or Windows Server 2003 to host a Remote Desktop connection, but you can be running most any OS to remote control a Remote Desktop enabled computer, including Mac OS X.

In any event I hope that this guide will help people. If you have any comments about this guide please feel free to email me and let me know (see the [contact information] page). If there are parts that you think I should expand, parts that are confusing and need clarification, parts that you think are wrong, etc. then please tell me.

Explains what Remote Desktop is and why you would want to use it.
This portion of the guide discusses the steps you need to take to configure your computer for Remote Desktop.
The Remote Desktop Connection client is the program you use to remote control a computer that is running the Remote Desktop server. The client comes is available in several different versions and it is available for most operating systems, including Mac OS X.
Remote Assistance
With Remote Assistance you can have others connect to your computer so that they can fix problems you are having with your computer. It is potentially very useful for solving computer problems so read this part of the guide if you are interested in using it.
   
Remote Desktop Advanced Web Connection Client Utility
I have provided a copy of the web connection software for my website, but I have made a few modifications so that you can connect to any port with it. You can use this to connect to any of your Remote Desktop enabled servers from most anywhere. It should be noted that it will only work in Internet Explorer because it uses ActiveX controls.
 

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