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| Using SharePoint with OneDrive as a File Server (for Ex-Domino Admins and Traditionalists)|
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| Migrating Mail from IBM Notes and Verse to Microsoft Outlook on Office 365 - Part 2|
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| Migrating Mail from IBM Notes and Verse to Microsoft Outlook on Office 365 - Part 1|
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| How to Set up Rooms Properly in Office 365 - Part 2 (Extending Booking Time)|
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| How to use PowerShell to Change the Email Address of Office 365 Groups|
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| Thoughts on the Microsoft Surface Book 4|
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| How to Use Microsoft Outlook with Your IBM Verse (in the cloud) Mail|
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| Fixing Word 2016 Crashes when Opening Older Documents with Macros on Windows 7|
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| How to set IBM Verse as your Default Email Client|
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| Chrome Remote Desktop - A Better VPN and RDP Solution|
Mon, Mar 21st 2016 16
||Chrome Remote Desktop - A Better VPN and RDP Solution
About Chrome Remote DesktopRemote desktop is one of the great ways to access data from offsite because it not only gives you access to your data, it also gives you access to your applications. So, if you've got applications which you don't have at home, on your laptop, phone, android or ipad, then remote desktop is the answer.
Unfortunately, the key to remote desktop is (usually) having a good VPN. VPNs rely upon infrastructure and they need to be secure. For example PPTP VPNs are so insecure that they typically last under a minute in the wild.
The more secure VPNs, like Shrew, are more robust but offer little compatibility for other types of devices, like Macs, iOS, Linux and Android.
There's a few good point to point remote desktop solutions about though and these don't need a VPN. Even better, some, like the Google Chrome Remote Desktop are constantly being updated (as if simply being "free" wasn't good enough.
The other thing that I like about Chrome Remote Desktop is that it has three factor authentication;
- You have to be logged into your Google Account in order to see the remote PC
- You have to enter a pin number
- You have to enter the password for the PC or Domain.
Sure, there are some limitations, such as sloppy copy and paste between the systems, some less than intuitive controls and some refresh delays but overall it's a quick and easy way to get a remote session going.
Getting Chrome Remote DesktopTo get Chrome remote desktop, use the Chrome Browser and browse to the Chrome Web Store. Type in Chrome Remote Desktop and it should be the first item you see. Click Add to Chrome and follow the prompts.
You'll want to install it on the computer to be controlled AND the computer you'll be controlling from. If you're using a phone or a tablet, you'll want to get it from the relevant App Store or Google Play store.
Enabling Your Computer for Remote DesktopOn the computer to be controlled, click on the Google Apps Bar. If you have a lot of apps, you might have to do some scrolling.
Locate the Chrome Remote Desktop App and choose it.
It will open to a dialog screen.
If you're doing a one-off share, perhaps helping a family member, then you should teach them to get to that screen and click Share this computer. They'll be able to do a temporary share (it will generate a pin and ask the remote user to enter it).
For a permanent share, you need to put your own pin in. I'd suggest that it should be more than 4 digits long.
Enabling Curtain ModeOne of the troubling things about Chrome Remote Desktop is that by default it shows your screen to others while you are working. This is by design because it's primarily an instructional screen-sharing tool.
One your home computer, this probably doesn't matter. In fact, you're probably using C.R.D. to help the less computer literate members of your family. In the workplace however, this is a different matter altogether.
In order to use Chrome Remote desktop in the workplace, you really need to enable "Curtain Mode". Unfortunately the instructions for this aren't very clear -- hence this post.
First of all you'll need admin rights to your Windows computer.
Next, fire up the Registry editor (if you don't know that you can click Start, Run and type Regedit, then maybe you shouldn't be in the registry -- it's a dangerous place to be).
Navigate to: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREPoliciesGoogleChrome
Chances are, you won't find it. In fact, you'll probably only get as far as
That's okay. We can create it from there.
Right-click on Policies and Choose New, Key. Name the Google (and press Enter).
You now have a Google Key.
Click on the Google Key.
Right-click on the Google Key and choose New, Key. Name the new key Chrome (and press Enter).
Now we need to create the DWORD Value.
Find some space in the right hand pane and right click on it.
Choose New, DWORD Value.
If you're running on a 64 bit system, it will probably say DWORD (32-bit) Value.
This creates a new value.
Name it. RemoteAccessHostRequireCurtain
Now, double-click on the new DWORD value and a dialog box will appear.
Type 1 as the value and click Okay.
Now, you'll just need to reboot your machine and it should all work.
Mar 21, 2016
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