[K12OSN] Logging onto the server from a windows machine

Bert Rolston bert.rolston at clear.net.nz
Thu Jun 24 01:53:19 UTC 2004

Hi Chris,

I only used VNC internally. Never from home or a remote site.

The network in question was still running Win95 in 2001 on P75's, if I
had to walk to every breakdown I would get about 3 problems a day fixed.

VNC allowed me to remote in to the user's machine and talk them through
the solution (if they had a phone). 

If the librarian noticed suspected behaviour around a machine she would
phone me and I could check for her. 

I totally agree that VNC and  root access without SSH from outside the
network would be DUMB. Similar to sticking your tongue on a metal
flagpole in the middle of an Alaskan winter!


On Thu, 2004-06-24 at 11:47, Christopher K. Johnson wrote:
> Bert Rolston wrote:
> >VNC works well.
> >
> >I used it to remotely control / setup WIN boxes AND connect to my LTSP
> >server anywher on campus.
> >
> >I suggest using one of the secure VNC versions like TightVNC.
> >
> >Check out some of the registry hacks available for VNC on the ORL
> >website.
> >
> >Cheers,
> >Bert
> >  
> >
> If you are doing anything to your server remotely that requires root 
> privileges and you are not using ssh or https or vpn to secure that 
> access, you might as well post the root password on the school bulletin 
> board.
> The authors of VNC recommend tunneling it over SSH for security.
> Will your locked-down PCs allow you to run java applets in the browser?
> If so, you might want to check out how Derek Dresser has integrated the 
> SSHVNC applet with an LTSP server:
> http://network.gouldacademy.org/modules.php?name=News&file=article&sid=21
> Only a browser with java applet support is required on the client side.
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