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Remote Administration

I recently read on a forum here how a Father monitored his child's activity by using a remote admin account that allowed him to view, control, or shutdown any PC connected to the network. I would also like to learn how to set this up in my own network. I am currently only using remote desktop which obviously allows the control part, but not the viewing w/o interferring w/ the other user.
My system setup is Dell 750MHz, 640MB RAM, 64MB Vid. RAM, 80GB HD, Pentium 3 running XP Pro. My Acer laptop is a AMD Sempron 3000+, 512MB RAM, 60GB HD, running XP Home. I have a D-Link wireless g router (DI-524+ I think). I have permanent IPs assigned to both PCs and my network is protected by MAC filtering and WPA. If the remote admin will only work on 2 XP Pro machines....please still give me instructions...I will find a way to test it.

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Bad idea

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There are far better ways of doing this that don't involve cloak and dagger methodologies which are highly counter productive -- i.e. trust destroying. Find one.

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This is for fun

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I do not have any children, I live alone and like to learn to do new things with PCs. Controlling my 2 PCs using this sounds very interesting to me (as well as any others that I do maintenance on). I do not intend to use the ability to monitor anyone, but just have fun with it. This would also prevent me from having to buy software that would do this for me as well as putting another program on it. So again, I ask how can this be done, just for the sake of knowing how to do it?

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Not as great as it sounds

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Everyone thinks this sounds great at first, until you use it a few times and start to see some of the limitations and annoyances with it.

If you're using XP, you've already got Remote Desktop. For the most part, this only works with Windows, though there is a client for OS X, and some people have been largely successful reverse engineering the protocol for Linux and other *nixes. Apple has it's own version of Remote Desktop focused on OS X.

There are a few commercial programs, mostly oriented at being able to control a laptop from a desktop or vise versa.

Then there's VNC, which is free. Runs on almost everything. Windows, *nix, OS X... Can be a bit annoying to set up however.

Finally, there's the originals in the *nixes. The X11 windowing system, widely used in the *nix world, has been doing this sort of thing for around three decades now. Unix was written with this sort of thing in mind. So, generally network transparency is built right into every modern *nix.

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