Newbie - how to VPN/remote desktop to Corporate

Discussion in 'Mac OS X Server, Xserve, and Networking' started by Vista-Victim, Jan 19, 2009.

  1. Vista-Victim macrumors newbie

    Mar 24, 2008
    Hope I'm in the right place, one year old Mac Newbie-

    Have MacBook w/Leopard.
    Have Parallels 4.0 and WinXP.
    I use Cisco Anyconnect and then Remote desktop in to corporate Wintel notebook at work. Works great.

    Now... how in the world does this Beancounter get into my Wintel notebook workstation at work from the Mac desktop at home?

    I simply want the same functionality I have under the first case.

    Is there software I need and on which computer (work=host, client=home I presume?).

    I Googled and tried VNC and am getting lost in the documentation, IS guys have placed this as low priority - although one has an iPhone and is working on 'em.

    I know my home/client IP address and I do have the work IP address, what's worked best for this group?

    P.S. This my attempt to avoid getting a Vista box...(had one, too painful...) and then getting the Business/Ultimate edition because only those editions have RDC whereas XP works fine. That's why I like Leopard -
    One flavor
    Time machine
    Don't really need to buy extra software
    Things tend to work, the software/hardware integration, what a concept.
  2. Consultant macrumors G5


    Jun 27, 2007
    VPN = Cisco (not vnc)
    Remote Desktop as WINDOWS remote desktop? Search for a mac client
  3. Phil A. Moderator

    Phil A.

    Staff Member

    Apr 2, 2006
    Shropshire, UK
    You can get Microsoft Remote Desktop from Microsoft's site, which will allow you to connect to your windows machine exactly like you do with Windows Remote Desktop client (the interface is a bit different though...)

    Alternatively, you could try CoRD to achieve the same thing, although personally I prefer Microsoft's offering

    For the VPN connection, there is an OS X version of AnyConnect available but I think you need a Cisco ID to download it - your IT department can probably help you there.

    Good luck!
  4. hankolerd macrumors 6502


    Sep 19, 2007
    Seattle, WA
    If you work at Cisco ask your IT guy about it, he should be able to hook you up, last I know you had to get a dongle that you synced with your mac and it generated a key for the vpn session.

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