Secure Remote Access Solutions
Creating and setting up your remote access will allow authorized staff to securely access records via “the cloud”. These customized IT methods will also provide the ability to view critical business documents and high resolution images securely from home or on the road.
Below, we offer a quick comparison of four remote access solutions: a VPN, RDP, third-party solutions like Teamviewer or LogMein and Virtual Desktop Applications. Let us help explain what each offers and how to choose what’s best for you.
A VPN, or Virtual Private Network, is a secure connection from your computer to your office’s private network. It allows you to access resources on other networks as if you were there.
Microsoft’s remote office solution, RDP (remote desktop) allows you go log into a remote computer and use it’s resources as if you were sitting in the office.
Third-Party Remote Access Solutions
Cross-platform, iMacs, Apple, Android and Windows. Often, it’s as simple as installing an app on both computers, configuring a few options, and connecting.
Virtual Apps and Desktops
Securely access all apps, desktops, and data from any device. You may have used some form of these, from Citrix to VMWare
When your IT systems are managed by Computer DR of NJ, access through your office resources is as convenient as logging on to a remote office computer at any location and visiting a preset website address. This is especially useful for multi-office businesses who wish to share resources of the main office(s).
Your Virtual Office: Computer DR of NJ expert technicians will ensure you and your critical staff can communicate with your office at anytime from anywhere by determining and setting up the appropriate number of remote communications systems you need.
Remote Access Solutions
- Third Party Applications (Teamviewer, LogMeIn and splashtop.)
- Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP by Microsoft)
- Virtual Remote Desktop/Remote Apps such as Citrix XenDesktop/XenApps and VMWare’s Workspace.)
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Remote Access Explained
A VPN, or Virtual Private Network, is a secure tunnel connection from your computer to another private network. It allows you to secure your browsing over the public internet and access resources on other networks as if you were there.
In a business setting, a work VPN typically allows you to connect to your company’s network no matter where you are. Once you tunnel in with your VPN, you can access resources on the server, Onsite document managers, intranet websites, and similar items that won’t work from your home network.
A SSL-VPN uses encryption to protect the content of the data while it travels across the internet.
VPN connections that operate this way require a login with a username and password. We also advocate for enabling two-factor authentication on this connection, since it provides privileged access to your company’s network.
What Is RDP?
RDP, which stands for Remote Desktop Protocol, is a Microsoft protocol for establishing connections to other machines. Unlike a VPN, it allows you to fully control the target computer.
Remote Desktop Connection is Microsoft’s official software for Remote Desktop. It’s been included in Windows for some time in Professional and above editions. You can use a VPN in conjunction with Remote Desktop to access a computer in the office just as if you were sitting there.
RDP is an easy remote desktop solution, and isn’t limited to just Windows. Microsoft provides RDP apps for macOS, iOS, and Android, so you can connect to your Windows machines from other devices.
If your company uses a Remote Desktop Server, previously called a Terminal Server, you can use RDP to access this. Some setups will use RDP as the only way employees work and thus have a similar experience no matter where they are located.
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Third-Party Remote Access Solutions
Third party applications have become quite robust and if your needs are for a few users this might be your best solution. The Apps allow you to connect to any computer from another machine, even on other networks.
Most are cross-platform, removing any OS limitations such as Apple, Android and Windows. Examples of this software include TeamViewer and LogMeIn, though you’ll find plenty of other options. The major pro to third-party apps like Teamviewer is their ease of use.
Virtual Desktop and Virtual Apps
If you have interacted with any multinational firms and needed to remotely access their records or imaging there is a good chance you used Citrix Workspace or its competitors VMware Horizon(Workspace 1) apps. These systems are perfect for supporting large office staff and with a multitude of platforms such as Apple and Windows.
These systems allow you to reliably deliver the varied proprietary software and billing systems you may use in office to your staff and their support.