Remoting in Windows

In a lot of versions of windows, Microsoft dumps down or removes features in the operating system distributions like in there home XP vs. professional XP editions.  Some of the features that they remove are the remote desktop service, dynamic disk support, multi-processor support, encrypting file system, and active directory membership to name a few features removed in home.  Several weeks ago, someone with a Windows Vista Home Basic workstation needed to connect regularly to a Windows XP Home workstation with out continuing to get up and go over there.  It is somewhat superfluous to mention what computer that the user is using to connect from because for the most part, all Windows released within the decade have remote desktop connection client installed, or the ability to add it on.

Rather than pay over a hundred and fifty to purchase the upgrade from home to pro, I found a free program called RealVNC which has a server program and a viewer program.  I installed and configured VNC Server on the XP home computer which installed itself as a Windows service and VNC Viewer on the Vista machine, then opened the necessary ports on the firewall in order for the connection to be made.

A few days later I had to setup VNC server on a Vista Home Basic computer and ran into some troubles.  I found out after doing some research that apparently Vista doesn’t allow VNC server to run as a service due to its new security model.  So I had to run the server in user mode and run it as start-up when Windows loads, which worked well when I configured the VNC program to do that.