3am Labs this month is debuting three products that aim to do just that: Provide highly secure PC remote access and administrative tools to manage users' connections. And two of the three products are free.Big companies with booming remote-access demands face some tough choices - widen the circle of IPSec VPN users, invest in an additional Secure Sockets Layer VPN product or service, or let users manage their own connections by sanctioning remote PC control services such as Citrix GoToMyPC, or products such as PCAnywhere or Virtual Network Computing, a free utility. (Click here for more).Until now, there hasn't been a way to offer quick and inexpensive remote control without giving up management control and tight security. But 3am Labs, a new company run by the team that developed RemotelyAnywhere remote control and administration software, this month is debuting three products that aim to do just that: Provide highly secure PC remote access and … [Read more...] about New options for secure remote access
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There are eight basic steps in setting up remote access for users with the Cisco ASA.Step 1. Configure an Identity CertificateStep 2. Upload the SSL VPN Client Image to the ASAStep 3. Enable AnyConnect VPN AccessStep 4. Create a Group PolicyStep 5. Configure Access List BypassStep 6. Create a Connection Profile and Tunnel GroupStep 7. Configure NAT ExemptionStep 8. Configure User AccountsSo let's get started!Step 1. Configure an Identity CertificateHere I am creating a general purpose, self-signed, identity certificate named sslvpnkey and applying that certificate to the "outside" interface. You can purchase a certificate through a vendor such as Verisign, if you choose.corpasa(config)#crypto key generate rsa label sslvpnkeycorpasa(config)#crypto ca trustpoint localtrustcorpasa(config-ca-trustpoint)#enrollment selfcorpasa(config-ca-trustpoint)#fqdn sslvpn. mycompany.comcorpasa(config-ca-trustpoint)#subject-name CN=sslvpn.mycompany.comcorpasa(config-ca-trustpoint)#keypair … [Read more...] about Eight easy steps to Cisco ASA remote access setup
In protecting access to internal networks from the outside, sometimes we need to look at just what is occurring on the inside to get a good picture of what is going on. In particular, I want to focus in this post on Web-based remote access services. Don't get me wrong — these services are great — I support a lot of my family with services like LogMeIn's Free product. I like these tools because they are incredibly easy to use, they always work, and they work with any Internet connection. This is where my issue starts to take shape.Web-based remote access software is brilliant in that it generally connects with outbound HTTPS traffic to the Web site that manages the service. The requesting client connects to the same Web site to authenticate initially and usually authenticate back down to the computer hosting the remote access. All traffic is usually SSL encrypted, and the services usually offer mechanisms that protect against authentication failures as well as a … [Read more...] about The issue of remote access software and vigilance
Windows Home Server and its merits on TechRepublic lately. One of my favorite features of Windows Home Server is the ability to securely connect to your machines remotely. In this tutorial, we will show you how to configure this feature in Windows Home Server. This blog post is also available in PDF format in a TechRepublic download.We will begin by opening the Windows Home Server Console from the Desktop and clicking Settings to open the window shown in Figure A.Figure AThese are the Windows Home Server Settings.Next, click on Remote Access and select Turn On Web Site Connectivity, as shown in Figure B.Figure BTurn on Web Site Connectivity in Windows Home Server.Now that the Web Site Connectivity is turned on, three ports are open on the Windows Home Server firewall. They are the following: port 80, port 443, and port 4125. These ports are opened so that your Windows Home Server can accept incoming requests from the Internet.Port 80 will accept Web requests, port 443 is … [Read more...] about How do I… configure Windows Home Server for remote access?
I hate being tethered to the office, so I'm always on the lookout for ways that I can get my work done from wherever I happen to find myself. I've used a number of methods for remote access (RDP, GoToMyPC, and LogMeIn), and I've always liked the speed and feature set brought to the market by LogMeIn. Recently, the good folks behind LogMeIn have made massive improvements to the product and named the new version LogMeIn Pro 2. I have two machines that I access remotely using LogMeIn. One machine uses LogMeIn Pro 2, while the other uses the original LogMeIn Pro.LogMeInPro 2's interface has undergone major changes with the addition of new features, including a complete performance dashboard, access to just about all system management features, desktop sharing, access to the command prompt, individual system performance metrics, and a whole lot more.In fact, here's just a partial list of what is possible through a remote login using LogMeIn Pro 2. You don't need to perform these … [Read more...] about LogMeIn Pro 2 takes remote access to the next level
There are days when I look down at my taskbar and see way too many open connections to servers and I can't remember what's what. In our small IT shop, my staff and I wear many hats, and we all have varying needs to jump on different servers to accomplish a necessary task. It can be a challenge to keep track of our 15 physical servers and our 40 - 45 virtual servers, particularly when it comes to connecting to multiple servers that house related servers. For example, is it the server named SQL04 or is it the server named SQL08 that houses the SharePoint database? As you move into larger environments, it gets even worse as the number of servers grows exponentially.Microsoft's Remote Desktop Connection Manager (RDCMan) makes our administrative task of keeping track of remote desktop connections much easier. RDCMan aggregates Windows server remote desktop connections so administrators can connect to server with a point and a click rather than hunting around for a connection. Here are … [Read more...] about Use RDCMan to keep track of remote desktop connections
Being able to access files on the work or home computer remotely is important to many people, including me. Hence my continuing quest to find the ultimate remote access app.Meet TeamViewerWhen I started researching TeamViewer, I thought it was simply another remote-access application, with the typical set of features. I was mistaken, TeamViewer offers more. How many remote access apps provide VPN connectivity and audio/video conferencing?Something else caught my attention. TeamViewer is ported to the iPhone. That's an important consideration for me. As a consultant, I never know when I might get a please-help-me phone call. Being able to access computers remotely with my iPhone is a definite advantage.Some questionsTo learn more about TeamViewer I contacted Constantin Falcoianu of TeamViewer GmbH. We exchanged the following questions and answers during an email conversation.TechRepublic: How did TeamViewer GmbH the company get its start? Is TeamViewer the only product?Falcoianu: … [Read more...] about TeamViewer: Secure remote access and a lot more
There are times when you simply have to remote into amachine while you're on the go. That's all fine and good when you have a laptopavailable; but when all you have at your disposal is a smart phone or tablet,the tools you choose can really make your day much easier.In some instances, of course, you're using a smart phone tomanage the desktop and no matter what application you use, it's a challenge tonavigate. Some apps, however, are better than others. I have compiled a list offive apps that work well for remote connections to desktops or servers. Each ofthese apps works on the Android platform (though some do offer an IOS version)and are free to use (with the exception of using TeamViewer for supportpurposes). Let's dig in and see what these five apps have to offer. This article is also available as a TechRepublic Screenshot Gallery. 1. TeamViewerTeamVieweris actually the one remote tool I use the most. In fact, I use it pretty muchall day. The Android version of the tool is … [Read more...] about Five remote access tools for Android
Recently I've been receiving questions about the requirements for configuring and using Windows Remote Desktop Connection in a multiple monitor arrangement under Windows 10. Unfortunately, there isn't a lot of accurate information about which editions of Windows support a multiple monitor Remote Desktop configuration, which causes a lot of confusion. On the Display tab of the Remote Desktop Connection dialog box, you'll find the Use All My Monitors For The Remote Session check box, as shown in Figure A. Since it's a simple check box that's available in all versions of Windows, it's easy to think that all you have to do to enable multiple monitor support for a Remote Desktop Connection is select it. However, it's a bit more complex than that, as you need to have the correct editions of Windows on the correct ends of the connection. Let's take a closer look at how to use Remote Desktop Connection with multiple monitors in Windows 10, as well as in Windows 7 and 8.1. Figure AGetting … [Read more...] about Which Windows editions let you use Remote Desktop Connection with multiple monitors?
The days of needing to access an office computer strictly between 9 to 5 are over for many workers. Whether it's employees wanting to get projects or tasks completed at home or IT experts needing to fix a computer from offsite, the ability to remotely access computers is critical for those employees and IT specialists. Accessing a work computer from another computer or mobile device used to be nearly impossible, but remote desktop software makes it extremely simple. By using remote desktop software, employees are able to access their office computer from home, while IT personnel can use the software to fix other computers from the comfort of their own office. In essence, the software makes it as if the user is sitting right in front of the computer they are accessing, when in fact they may be at home, in a coffee shop or in another office hundreds of miles away. In order to use the software to access computers remotely, users must first download the software onto the computer they wish … [Read more...] about Remote Desktop: Connecting to Your PC From Anywhere