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Automate reverse VNC connection using Vine Sever
Authored by: daveywest on Dec 29, '10 07:49:06AM

Or you could just try out logmein.com. That thing will punch through any firewall.



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Automate reverse VNC connection using Vine Sever
Authored by: tofergregg on Dec 29, '10 10:51:10AM

+1 on LogMeIn. I've set up about a billion VNC servers on Macs/PCs/Linux and also used Screen Sharing and Skype screen sharing, etc. LogMeIn is by far the most simple solution, and the free version works perfectly, with no fussing around with router port forwarding or making the other party do anything other than ensure they are connected to the Internet (and I understand that is not necessarily trivial, however...). </commercial>



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Automate reverse VNC connection using Vine Sever
Authored by: SOX on Dec 30, '10 07:55:44AM

When I've used them in the past, they don't work with proxy setups or all firewalls. Moreover, setting up VNC yourself provides a more veratile solution. The example I gave was how to automate a fool-proof reverse connection. But sometimes you don't need to drill through firewalls. Sometimes you want to just connect to the machine when no one is there for some midnight software updates or installs, etc... For that you want to be able to VNC in directly or over an ssh tunnel. So you want a VNC like vineserver ready to run. The method above is the fail safe when firewalls mess things up.

Additionally The reason I don't like letmein or gotomymac and various schemes is that I don't running daemons that open ports to some third party. For example, a Nursing facility had a proxy system. Finally, I don't mind putting that stuff on the clueless relative's computer but I dont' want a "trusted" app that connects to the mothership on my computer. it seems like a giant security hole: even if you trust the company what happens when there is a direct attack on the port.

I also prefer a direct connection that works on a local network as well.



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