To answer your second question, if it doesn't, take a look at one of the VNC flavors...RealVNC, TightVNC, UltraVNC (this is what I use).
I actually prefer using VNC to Remote Desktop, but you should use both and see what you feel more comfortable with.
(If I recall...) Remote Desktop is a Windows XP feature. The closest feature of Windows 2000 is terminal services, which, as the name suggests, is a remote Terminal, no GUI (Great for using B!tchX at college.. wouldn't encourage that though ;P)
VNC's definitely your best bet for remotely using your machine.
Ep, glad to see you come back and tidy up...did want to ask a one day favor, I want to enhance my resume , was hoping you could make me administrator for a day, if so, take me right off since I won't be here to do anything, and don't know the slightest about the board, but it would be nice putting "served administrator osnn", if can do, THANKS