i use a lot of different computers (desktops, laptops, tablets, touchscreens, netbooks, etc.) and access to data is always the most important thing (it doesn’t matter if i have the program – most of the time i need access to my data in that program), the application(s) are not far behind (i like posting to this blog with live writer 2011 – i need that application to do so) and then the system i’m on comes into play (not having a keyboard has some advantages but not when i’m trying to compose a post!).  in many situations, i leverage a remote access technology from microsoft or someone else to accomplish this.

1.  remote desktop connection (included in windows 7 and is available for windows vista service packs, for windows xp service pack 3 and for the mac)

this is the program i use most often to connect to systems at work and at home.  the windows 7 version gives the full windows 7 experience that you expect even when connecting from a remote system.

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accessing my windows 7 desktop remotely from a windows 7 netbook (notice the scroll bars!)

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accessing the same windows 7 desktop from a macbook

2.  file/printers, computer management or the windows 7 remote server administration tools

sometimes it’s not the system itself that i need remote access to, but data or configuration information and i either use remote shares (or services), computer management or the windows 7 rsat tools to accomplish these tasks.

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3.  windows live mesh 2011

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live mesh 2011 allows me to get to my desktop system from anywhere.

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also available from my windows live devices page.

there are a lot of other technologies that allow remote access – these are the three types of connections i use most often.