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Best Remote Access Option?

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Hello


I've read a lot of the comments already posted to this site about this issue
so I wanted to thank everyone for their great contributions. My situation
is a little unique so I have some questions.


Here's what I want to do..


I have 2 floors in my building, the first floor being the warehouse and the
second floor being my office. I want to have a desktop on the 1st floor
that will not move and a notebook in my office (2nd floor) that I will be
taking in and out of the office, or working with when I'm not in the
warehouse.


The 1st floor PC will have Windows XP Pro (I'm buying it this week), the one
on the 2nd floor has XP Home. Both should have identical copies of the
software that I'll be using.


My situation is this..


I often use applications that update themselves on the web. For example, I
use auction management software that logs into eBay and pulls the data for
me and inputs it into the program. I also use applications like MS Money
that go onto the web and pull data.


What's the best way to be able to keep these things in sync on both PCs?
Right now I'm using two laptops running XP home and a shared folder and I
backup the files and save them in the shared folder, then I grab the file on
the other PC and run the restore function in the applications. It works,
but heaven help me if I download data without restoring first after I switch
my PCs..


Also, I sometimes have large volumes of pictures (20 megs) that need to be
accessed by both computers, depending on which one I'm using for design at
the time. Putting them into and pulling them out of the shared folder takes
a lot of time.


I also have a lot of templates (about 100+) that I use when making a web
page. I want both PCs to be able to access them.


So, my issues are that I have items that need to be in sync every time I use
them, and I also have large amounts of data or large numbers of files that I
want access to on both PCs.


Here's what I've read about so far:


PCAnywhere

UltraVNC

GoToMyPC


Or would Remote Desktop work just as well?


Most of the above seem to focus on the ability to take control of another
PC. I just need it to transfer files back and forth and keep them synched
as much as possible. The reviews of the products seem to focus on business
applications that I either don't need or know nothing about, such as
accessing DOS prompts, etc. I thought posting here my find someone who does
close to what I'm going to do and could recommend something for me.


I'll also be taking my notebook out of the office sometimes and want to be
able to access files while I'm on the go..


Thanks,

Eric
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  1. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.work_remotely (More info?)

    Set up a peer-to-peer network at work and store the data on your laptop.
    When you leave work, YOU have the most recent data on your machine.

    "Eric" <erictucson@aol.com> wrote in message
    news:BMyXe.209$R62.38@news-virt.s-kddi1.home.ne.jp...
    > Hello
    >
    >
    >
    > I've read a lot of the comments already posted to this site about this
    issue
    > so I wanted to thank everyone for their great contributions. My situation
    > is a little unique so I have some questions.
    >
    >
    >
    > Here's what I want to do..
    >
    >
    >
    > I have 2 floors in my building, the first floor being the warehouse and
    the
    > second floor being my office. I want to have a desktop on the 1st floor
    > that will not move and a notebook in my office (2nd floor) that I will be
    > taking in and out of the office, or working with when I'm not in the
    > warehouse.
    >
    >
    >
    > The 1st floor PC will have Windows XP Pro (I'm buying it this week), the
    one
    > on the 2nd floor has XP Home. Both should have identical copies of the
    > software that I'll be using.
    >
    >
    >
    > My situation is this..
    >
    >
    >
    > I often use applications that update themselves on the web. For example,
    I
    > use auction management software that logs into eBay and pulls the data for
    > me and inputs it into the program. I also use applications like MS Money
    > that go onto the web and pull data.
    >
    >
    >
    > What's the best way to be able to keep these things in sync on both PCs?
    > Right now I'm using two laptops running XP home and a shared folder and I
    > backup the files and save them in the shared folder, then I grab the file
    on
    > the other PC and run the restore function in the applications. It works,
    > but heaven help me if I download data without restoring first after I
    switch
    > my PCs..
    >
    >
    >
    > Also, I sometimes have large volumes of pictures (20 megs) that need to be
    > accessed by both computers, depending on which one I'm using for design at
    > the time. Putting them into and pulling them out of the shared folder
    takes
    > a lot of time.
    >
    >
    >
    > I also have a lot of templates (about 100+) that I use when making a web
    > page. I want both PCs to be able to access them.
    >
    >
    >
    > So, my issues are that I have items that need to be in sync every time I
    use
    > them, and I also have large amounts of data or large numbers of files that
    I
    > want access to on both PCs.
    >
    >
    >
    > Here's what I've read about so far:
    >
    >
    >
    > PCAnywhere
    >
    > UltraVNC
    >
    > GoToMyPC
    >
    >
    >
    > Or would Remote Desktop work just as well?
    >
    >
    >
    > Most of the above seem to focus on the ability to take control of another
    > PC. I just need it to transfer files back and forth and keep them synched
    > as much as possible. The reviews of the products seem to focus on
    business
    > applications that I either don't need or know nothing about, such as
    > accessing DOS prompts, etc. I thought posting here my find someone who
    does
    > close to what I'm going to do and could recommend something for me.
    >
    >
    >
    > I'll also be taking my notebook out of the office sometimes and want to be
    > able to access files while I'm on the go..
    >
    >
    >
    > Thanks,
    >
    > Eric
    >
    >
  2. Eric, it’s simple. Try this remote access software.

    http://www.remotepc.com

    You can run any applications and access entire desktop and network resources of your remote computer. You can also transfer files to and fro and even print locally.
  3. I am loving this free remote PC software for Windows.
    http://www.ultravnc.com/
  4. try http://gomyplace.com/
    allows file browsing on the remote machine and basic access to the command shell
    works in NATed/firewalled environments
    you can browse files on the remote machien with your favorite Internet browser like, IE of Firefox
  5. Definately setup a free account at a dynamic IP service like no-ip, and install the software that will do an update whenever your IP changes.

    I sometimes use a Remote Desktop Connection, but other times a VNC connection is better since it lets switch user accounts, allows the client to see what I am going for remote tutoring ...

    I shy way from comercial services since I can get all my needs met through free services and software.
  6. gomyplace is open source project (GPL) and all software is distributed completely free.
    and now you can participate in one of the alpha tests by downloading a file from http://208.109.20.145/j4jJxRKd/redhat/?hash=EA2DCB92F729B6C3A616482CD1D029355A87DD5C:/home/arkady/gomyplace.49.com/paintings
  7. I really enjoy the entire catalog of logmein products. Of particular interest to you might be Backup, a remote-access backup program that backs up files from one system onto another. You can schedule it to go off at regular intervals as well.

    Best of luck with the setup!
  8. How did this work out for you? If you haven't made a choice yet I'd recommend Proxy Networks. They have software that does exactly what you want. I use it in my office to perform similar task. See: http://www.proxynetworks.com
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