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Should I expose my Active Directory to the public Internet for remote users?

I have a client whose workforce is comprised entirely of remote employees using a mix of Apple and Windows 7 PCs/laptops. The users don't authenticate against a domain at the moment, but the ...
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Turn on Home Computer Remotely [closed]

When I am traveling I would like the ability to remote into my home computer from my laptop rather than transfer all of my tools/data to my laptop. However I don't want to leave my home computer on ...
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How can I get the Bridged IP address of a VirtualBox VM running in headless mode?

I have VirtualBox set up on a server. It was set up as a Bridged VM, and has an IP address. It's now running in headless mode, started with "VBoxHeadless -s PuppetMaster". How can I find out what ...
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Best way to find the computer a user last logged on from?

I am hoping that somewhere in Active Directory the "last logged on from [computer]" is written/stored, or there is a log I can parse out? The purpose of wanting to know the last PC logged on from is ...
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ssh: “Agent admitted failure to sign using the key”

I'm trying to set up password-less login with ssh on Ubuntu Server, but I keep getting: Agent admitted failure to sign using the key and prompt for password. I have generated new rsa keys. Before ...
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RDP Connection to Windows 7 stays really slow

I have an Issue with connecting to Windows 7 via RDP. I can open an RDP Session, but regardless of any settings, the response times are really long. This in particular is the case when opening a web ...
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Which permissions/rights does a user need to have WMI access on remote machines?

I'm writing a monitoring service that uses WMI to get information from remote machines. Having local admin rights on all these machines is not possible for political reasons. Is this possible? What ...
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What VNC service would you recommend?

There are many VNCs out there. realvnc, tightvnc, and so on. Which one would you recommend, or would you recommend avoiding the VNC protocol altogether? (And if so, in favor of what?)
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Install .iso file on a remote server without DVD drive access

Is there an easy way to install software located on a .iso file to a remote server which does not provide to me access to the DVD Drive? I have a license for SQL Server 2008 Web Edition through ...
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How do you remotely administer your Linux boxes?

NOTE: I asked this question this morning with respect to EC2 boxes, but only got back links to tools to start and stop instances, so I'll rephrase... I have a few Linux boxes that do nightly ...
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How to use psexec without admin privileges on target machine?

Is it possible to use psexec to execute a command on a remote machine without having admin privileges on the remote machine? I tried running psexec \\<machine> -u <username> -p ...
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Remote access to a Linux machine behind a firewall

I'm going to be deploying an Linux machine as a sort of public terminal at a remote location. I'd like to be able to access it remotely via SSH for maintenance but I don't want to keep a port open on ...
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GotoMyPC ? Concerns or OK?

A few users have taken it upon themselves to install this software on there work computers and use iphones/ipads to connect. Current setup is anyconnect / ciscovpn to connect and use remote desktop to ...
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How to rejoin domain when trust relationship is lost

I have a number of virtual machines which have snapshots applied by using a PowerShell script. Occasionally, the virtual machines lose their "trust relationship" with the domain. This breaks the ...
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How do I increase the maximum number of concurrent remote connections in Windows Server 2003?

I am trying to allow more than the default of 2 concurrent remote connections to a server running Windows Server 2003. Background: I went to "Start" => "Administration Tools" => "Terminal Services ...
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Is it possible to run a command on windows server from Linux?

I want to restore a sqlserver db backup on remote windows server from linux. I tired "net rpc" but there is nothing for execute a command or script on remote server.
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How to remote a single application, rather than the entire desktop

I would like to run an application on one Windows machine (2008 server preferably, but any platform is okay) and display the UI on another Windows workstation. I'm not sure what blend of technologies ...
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Using inittab to ensure sshd (and other important items) are still running — any drawbacks?

Having managed to kill sshd on a remote machine (by running a script which used all available memory in the machine, oops...) which I have no access to other than visiting the hosting for[1], I was ...
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Seamless Remote Desktop Connection

My employer provides us with the ability to work from home using the Citrix MetaFrame remote desktop software. For the most part, I have no complaints; however, I was wondering if anyone knew if it is ...
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Best practices for remote GUI access to ubuntu server

I would like to get an overview of available solutions for having a remote GUI access to ubuntu server: -do you recommend installing a basic GUI then administrating over VNC? -is X11 forwarding a good ...
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Is it possible to run a batch script remotely on a Windows machine from Linux without installing ssh?

I am looking for a way in Linux to run a batch script on a remote Windows machine. I already searched some forums and the Internet and found e.g. this question. It seems that the easiest way so far ...
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What is the best way to secure remote server/tool access from many locations?

I have a number of remote servers I lock down by restricting SSH to specific IPs. Equally, our internal customer admin tools are also locked down by IP. This is fine when working from the office but ...
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I have a programming contractor - how do I record their screen remotely?

We have a contractor working offsite. We would like to set everything up so that his screen is recorded to our Windows Server 2008 R2 machine in real time. We've been using TeamViewer, but we've run ...
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How to remote control Windows?

Is there a way to remote control a Windows machine as easy as I do with my other Linux pcs through SSH? I'm currently using a FTP server for files but I prefer the way I can manage my other linux ...
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Remote login to mac

I have a Mac Mini that I would like to login remotely from a Windows XP laptop. Is this possible? What types of things do I need to do to allow remote connections from the Mac, and what type of ...
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Best software for Mac to Windows remote control?

My client has a Mac at home and wants to remote control (run apps) on a Windows XP PC at the office. What is the best software to enable this? Any Mac <-> Windows weirdness to be aware of?
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Remotely Managing Windows machines without Active Directory

I'm the on-site tech at a remote healthcare facility with a few hundred workstations/devices and half a dozen servers. I'm having difficulty having a physical presence everywhere I'm needed. Corp. IT ...
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Remote access to Windows Server 2008

What are the tools/method to remotely access and maintain the Windows Server 2008. On Linux I am fine with the ssh, is the Remote Desktop the proper tool there? Thanks a lot Regards, STeN
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Is there any remote desktop software accessible via a browser for linux?

I want to be able to connect to a linux server with a gui using something similar to x forwarding or no machine's nx client, except have the option for the client to be any browser with no plugins ...
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Self-Hosted Desktop Support Remote Control Software (for Windows)? [closed]

I guess most of us know the likes of TeamViewer, NetViewer or Copilot which all work more or less great for doing remote control and/or remote support. Edit In light of UnisoftDesign's answer: ...
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Remote MySQL connection fails (10060)

When I am trying to connect to a MySQL database from a remote computer I get a prompt saying: Connection Failed: [HY000] [MySQL][ODBC 5.1 Driver]Can't Connect to MySQL server on 'XXX.XXX.XX.XX' ...
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Remote *background* GUI login to OSX workstation?

I'm wanting to be able to login in to the OS X GUI remotely, in the background, i.e. without interrupting anyone that is currently sitting in front of the machine. Apple Remote Desktop or VNC don't ...
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Does Supermicro IPMI require OnBoard video to be enabled?

Title pretty much says it all. I am using a supermicro board with integrated IPMI support. When I connect remotely I can take control of the mouse and keyboard but the video is totally black (no ...
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Use local tools to monitor remote logs

I don't have root access on my hosted web server, but I would like to use tools like MultiTail to monitor log files that are generated on my web host. Is there a way I can pipe the log output on my ...
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Windows Server 2008 R2 as VPN Server

I'm going to be setting up a network at a data center and I was wondering if it's possible to have Windows Server 2008 R2 act as a VPN server. Also, I've heard there are 3 main types of VPN: PPTP, ...
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Remove Server 2012 Remote Access Server

My IT director was walking me through setting up a Server 2012 VPN/RA server. We did not do this in our test environment, and now I would like to remove it. I know that when installing this server it ...
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customer wont provide ssh access - ftp only

Eh, here is my problem: I am working in a webdevelopment agency (thats a problem but not the real problem, read on). Most of the time I choose the live server myself when creating a new website ...
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Disable SSH for non root users

How do i disable remote access for non-root users over ssh? i would like to do this on demand if possible.
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What is the recommended way to permanently connect two remote linux based environments together?

We have a linux based environment hosted remotely and a few spare machines in the office. I'd like to use those machines as workers for the remotely hosted application though they would need permanent ...
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options for a natively supported, remote file transfer on Windows Server 2008 R2

I've found myself with an interesting problem; I need to push files from one windows server to another. SMB/CIFS is out because we block the port. If I was on a linux / OS X system I'd have SCP; ...
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Execute program on remote computer using PowerShell

How can I execute a program on a remote machine using powershell?
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Linux: allow end users to create/edit/delete/move files remotely?

I have end users who are allergic to the command line, and they want some way to create, edit, delete and move their files much as they do with Plesk desktop. Is there a way to give them a way to ...
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Reaching a Linux server with a private IP without VPN

I'm working on a network where I can't obtain a public IP address or set up VPN access. Is there a way that I can communicate with a local server remotely by using an intermediary in the cloud that ...
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Is it possible to close remote desktop session on windows remotely?

Time to time I can't login to my Windows Server 2003 because there are to many open sessions. Is it possible to close them remotely(without physical contact in server room)?
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How can I create a Single-purpose keys (ssh) for use with scp?

I'm trying to setup a Single-purpose key for copying data to a remote server (using scp), but I'm not sure what the command="" on the key should look like in this case. Any ideas? Thanks!
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fsck root filesystem on a remote machine

I have filesystem problems on a machine running Ubuntu 8.04 machine in a colocation facility. What was once a directory now looks like this: b--xr-SrwT 52 825452087 876163170 56, 97 2021-10-10 05:43 ...
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TS (RD) Gateway Authentication Problem “The logon attempt failed”

I've been using TS Gateway to permit remote access for our staff for a few months now, and all has been well. Users either connect to a traditional terminal server desktop or hit our website and start ...
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Amazon EC2 gui access?

I am running a basic micro instance on Amazon EC2. I am wondering if it is possible to run some remote GUI to work in the system as root?
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How do I secure a Dell Idrac card?

I'm trying to completely lock down a server which has to exist outside of a firewall/directly routed to the internet and whilst I have hardened the base OS to the best of my ability, I had a moment of ...
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Any Integrated Mangement Tools out there? (DRAC, iLO, RAC)

So I have been on the lookout for a master tool to manage all my Integrated management adapters on our servers here. Such as Dell DRAC, HP Integrated Lights-out and IBM's RAC e.g mRemoteNG works ...