WinXP: How to REMOTELY help my friend?

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Hi there,

Here's the situation: My friend is using Windows XP. She frequently
needs help with routine tasks and I have to drive over there and help her. I
want to figure out a way that I can help her REMOTELY to save time. I
realize that I could just set her computer up for Remote Desktop, but I want
her to be able to actually SEE what I'm doing as I'm explaining it to her on
the phone.

...and here's the tricky part:

Because of the way her firewall is configured on her end, she can't open
up any inbound ports but she CAN make an outbound connection on ANY port. Is
there a way to set things up so that SHE can make an outbound connection to
me and then I can remotely control her computer with her *watching* me?

FWIW, I'm using Win2003 Server but I have access to an XP machine on my
side if it is strictly necessary. Thanks.

Lamont
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  1. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.general,microsoft.public.windowsxp.work_remotely (More info?)

    This might work: In MSN Messenger she has to Request Remote Assistance.
    It's been a while since I tried it, and frankly it is not always
    firewall-friendly... but give it a shot and let me know how it goes!

    Mitch

    "Lamont Sanford" wrote:

    > Hi there,
    >
    > Here's the situation: My friend is using Windows XP. She frequently
    > needs help with routine tasks and I have to drive over there and help her. I
    > want to figure out a way that I can help her REMOTELY to save time. I
    > realize that I could just set her computer up for Remote Desktop, but I want
    > her to be able to actually SEE what I'm doing as I'm explaining it to her on
    > the phone.
    >
    > ...and here's the tricky part:
    >
    > Because of the way her firewall is configured on her end, she can't open
    > up any inbound ports but she CAN make an outbound connection on ANY port. Is
    > there a way to set things up so that SHE can make an outbound connection to
    > me and then I can remotely control her computer with her *watching* me?
    >
    > FWIW, I'm using Win2003 Server but I have access to an XP machine on my
    > side if it is strictly necessary. Thanks.
    >
    > Lamont
    >
    >
    >
  2. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.general,microsoft.public.windowsxp.work_remotely (More info?)

    My thought is that she create a VPN connection to either your server or your
    XP machine--presumably the server would make sense, and then you should be
    able to use Remote Assistance over the VPN link.

    You will probably have to pass the invitation file by email or by a simple
    file transfer, and you will probably have to edit the "ticket" to use the IP
    address acquired by her end of the VPN tunnel, but I think this should be
    possible. It may help her to clear the checkbox for "use default gateway"
    in the properties of TCP/IP in properties of the VPN connection.

    Here's a great discussion of RA processes in general, but you have to dig to
    get the details of editing the ticket--just look at the invitation file
    using notepad:

    http://support.microsoft.com/?scid=http://support.microsoft.com%2Fservicedesks%2Fwebcasts%2Fen%2Ftranscripts%2Fwct081903.asp

    Here's a simpler reference:
    http://www.petri.co.il/what's_remote_assistanc.htm

    (scroll down to "Remote Assistance Problems.")


    "Lamont Sanford" <lamont@sanford.son> wrote in message
    news:PM6dndeU4fIXYDbcRVn-vA@giganews.com...
    > Hi there,
    >
    > Here's the situation: My friend is using Windows XP. She frequently
    > needs help with routine tasks and I have to drive over there and help her.
    > I
    > want to figure out a way that I can help her REMOTELY to save time. I
    > realize that I could just set her computer up for Remote Desktop, but I
    > want
    > her to be able to actually SEE what I'm doing as I'm explaining it to her
    > on
    > the phone.
    >
    > ...and here's the tricky part:
    >
    > Because of the way her firewall is configured on her end, she can't
    > open
    > up any inbound ports but she CAN make an outbound connection on ANY port.
    > Is
    > there a way to set things up so that SHE can make an outbound connection
    > to
    > me and then I can remotely control her computer with her *watching* me?
    >
    > FWIW, I'm using Win2003 Server but I have access to an XP machine on my
    > side if it is strictly necessary. Thanks.
    >
    > Lamont
    >
    >
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