remote Desktop with BootCamp?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by rekud300, May 19, 2010.

  1. rekud300 macrumors member


    Nov 30, 2009
    Trying to read as much as I can to help work from home and while traveling.
    Have 13" MBP with a 2nd one on the way to replace a PC tower. I am presently working from home with a work Laptop that is shared by a few people so don't have access all the time to it. Leaving me with not a way to log into work from home.

    Sounds like I would need to purchase Bootcamp as well as a Windows 7 copy, then I should be able to log into work through Remote Desktop just like the laptop presently?

    Also, my wife has a program that is only presently available in PC format, doing the same thing above, she should be able to run on the MBP as well? Her program is compatible with Windows 7.

    I really do not want to buy another PC.

    Thanks for any info.
  2. bigjobby macrumors 65816

    Apr 7, 2010
    London, UK
    You should really have a word with your IT department (if you have one). Its a bit tricky trying to give sound advise on here without knowing what your requirements are. For instance, if you work for a large organisation, I'm sure there will be policies in place of what you can use, desktop builds, etc. If you work for a smaller firm then I'm sure things would not be as tight as the former.

    Anyway, bootcamp doesn't need to be puchased. Remote desktop is a horrible way to work as it ties up the machine you are remoting onto. ie. waste of resource. VPN'ing onto a network is probably a better solution. You don't necessarily need a Windows machine to log on to a network. An OSX (or Linux) computer can too as they can also authenticate against LDAP servers very easily. Just some general comments without knowing what the bigger picture is and as I said, speak to your IT dept to see what they think. They make the rules.
  3. VPNHaus macrumors newbie

    May 26, 2010
    Agree w/ bigjobby-- remote desktop is a nuisance, VPN'ing onto a network is probably a better solution. If you are looking for a VPN client, check out NCP Secure Entry Mac Client:

    Good luck!

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