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i work as a part-time problem solver in a small company. I can solve most of the problems from the command line remotely.

But when there is a problem on a client machine, i have to go to the company ... which is not the optimal solution.

I have a MacBook. The Server is Linux based and the only machine which is reachable remotely. The client machines have Windows 7 on it.

Is it somehow possible to have something like a Remote Desktop tool (that is freely available) and easy to setup/use?

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Guess what... the Remote Desktop Client is available for Mac. You can tunnel that through the linux server via ssh quite easily... or VPN in if you really need/want to.

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Heck, you can even load the RDC on your iPhone! –  Ryan Ries Jan 6 '12 at 19:46
    
This sounds promising! Could you point me to a resource, for tunneling the server via ssh ? :) –  fragant1996 Jan 6 '12 at 20:55
    
Sure: here's an old one... engadget.com/2006/03/21/… ... just remember the port for RDP is 3389... and to connect through the forwarded port... specify localhost:[port] instead of the remote's IP. –  TheCompWiz Jan 6 '12 at 21:13
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There is also the alternative of VNC, VNC displays the remote desktop, or terminal in some cases. And VNC is available for just about every platform.

TightVNC is what I would recommend for a package: http://www.tightvnc.com/

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You can ssh -c -X to the Linux server and use rdesktop from there to the client machines.

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You can run teamviewer from the server or from your MAC, it might be required to adjust the firewall settings on the client's firewall.

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