Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 10th Nov 2009 17:18 UTC, submitted by estherschindler
Windows Unless you're seriously into networking (and okay, maybe you are), all the features in the new Secure Remote Connection - not to mention the pieces required to make it work - can be fairly tough to figure out. But the benefits make sense: "With this feature," writes Steven Vaughan-Nichols, "a user on any Windows 7 system can gain access to the corporate intranet's resources. In short, with the right back-end setup you can run office-only programs and get to server-based files from any Windows 7 PC." He explains it all in Accessing Office Resources from Anywhere using Secure Remote Connection.
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by Bill Shooter of Bul on Tue 10th Nov 2009 22:59 UTC
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Windows 7 Sercure Remote Connection == MS citrix knockoff with a few minor twists.

The article reads like .net magazine.

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RE: Better summary:
by tobyv on Tue 10th Nov 2009 23:07 UTC in reply to "Better summary:"
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The article reads like .net magazine.

Sounds like a sales pitch, especially when they talk about "your workers to do their work from almost any location ".

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Comment by kolbusa
by kolbusa on Wed 11th Nov 2009 11:47 UTC
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Am I missing something or Xserver over ssh could do this, like, for years?

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RE: Comment by kolbusa
by RshPL on Wed 11th Nov 2009 13:38 UTC in reply to "Comment by kolbusa"
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Please bear with me. Integrated with desktop and usable by casual users?

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RE[2]: Comment by kolbusa
by jakesdad on Wed 11th Nov 2009 14:31 UTC in reply to "RE: Comment by kolbusa"
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I know plenty of "casual" users that use remote xsessions over a VPN for work.

They specifically talk about corporate use. And if you are trying to remote into another persons PC you aren't so "casual" anymore.

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RE: Comment by kolbusa
by Bill Shooter of Bul on Wed 11th Nov 2009 14:34 UTC in reply to "Comment by kolbusa"
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No Xserver's never been able to do this for programs written for Microsoft windows:)

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Comment by garyd
by garyd on Wed 11th Nov 2009 20:34 UTC
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When this initially released a while back, I read through the DirectConnect documentation on TechNet thoroughly as we're in the process of transitioning to a new firewall that allows SSL and web client SSL VPN connections in addition to our existing IPsec dynamic clients. In addition, it uses IPv6 and I'm probably the only person in the company that knows anything about IPv6 as I've set up an entire lab infrastructure with an IPv6 tunnel broker and a combination of a router advertisement daemon on the OpenBSD firewall and DHCPv6 on a Win2k8 server. So I was curious to find out how DirectConnect leverages IPv6...

The major drawback I see to DirectConnect, however, is that it's only usable with two products; Windows Server 2008 R2 on the backend and Windows 7 as a client. There is no option for Windows XP, Vista, OS X, Linux, or mobile phone clients. In addition, you have to use a Win2k8 server behind your firewall as the termination point. In a heterogeneous environment like ours where we're developing for both Mac and Windows, it doesn't really make sense to roll out another remote access service that will only cater to a small handful of Windows 7 users (so far only 3 out of 103 employees and that includes two of us sysadmins in IT and one software engineer).

Edited 2009-11-11 20:39 UTC

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by garyd on Wed 11th Nov 2009 21:18 UTC in reply to "Comment by garyd"
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It's actually called DirectAccess...

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