I use it alot. if you are using a router just go into and find port forwarding and type in 3389 (some router require a start and end port so type it in for both of them) and the type in the ip of the computer you wish to remote connect to. If you are running a server edition of ms product it will log you in and a user can still use the computer at the same time you are logged in. If you are using like Windows XP Pro (since windows XP home does not support remote logon) It will log the current user out. Provided they allow you. I normally lock my computer before I head off to work and then remote connect to it when it is slow and cue up some stuff to download. I have seen if the computer is currently logged on. It will prompt the user currently logged on if you would like to allow them to remote connect. If so it will either lock the screen or log the current user out. If you are trying to do tech support for a person remotly I would suggust remote administor (radmin.com)or pc anywhere(symantec.com).
Just trying to help
I use it cos my server has no mouse, keyboard or monitor just power cord and ethernet is all that is plugged into it, it runs terminal services automatically , gonna put it in my attic in my new house just leave it running, might even get it on wireless
5900 = VNCViewer
5800 = Any browser supporting Java
Although the ports can be customized. If you go the VNC route and need to be able to transfer files check out UltraVNC. Has several other cool features as well. TightVNC is pretty nice too but they're only now starting to work on File transfers and RealVNC doesn't include file transfers at all.
BTW VNC works great with XP Home. I'm working on a XP Home computer right now and its 2,000+ miles away from me!
I opened the above port numbers (5800-5900) on my router and still no luck. I get the error message "Failed to connect to server." My computer is on and firewalls disabled. Why does this keep happening?
You have to make sure to set a password. The security on most of the VNC servers do not allow you to connect with blank passwords. Also, are you trying to connect using the Java client through a web browser? Because... That runs on a separate port. Good Luck!
Disabled the java viewer and still can't connect. I have a Linksys router and under the "Forwarding" tab I have "Customized Applications" =VNC, "Ext. Port" = 5800 to 5900, I have "Protocol TCP" and "Protocol UDP" checked, "IP Address" = the IP the VNC server is running on and "Enabled" is checked. Is this all the right settings to enable the ports? If it is, could there be a service that needs to be running that I could check to make sure it is running? Please help, this is really getting to be frustrating. Thank you to everyone that offered their advice so far on this. I would really like to figure out why I can't connect.