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What is a remote desktop?

Remote Desktop provides the ability to effectively remotely connect to and control a computer that is in a different location, as if you were directly behind its screen. All communication takes place over a network connection, most often through a web space.

Key aspects

  1. Visualization Flow: The remote PC interface is transformed and displayed on the user's screen through dedicated control software.
  2. Input control: Keyboard commands and mouse clicks are transferred from the user's native device to the computer in the other location, ensuring up-to-date interaction.
  3. Launching and using programs: The user can perform all standard actions, such as editing documents or using applications, just as they would if they were present in person at the device.
  4. Privacy: Protection is achieved through encrypted connectivity and identity verification methods, including passwords, digital keys and other elements of multi-factor authentication.

Features and functions

Remote Desktop has a number of key features and functions that provide convenience and efficiency when working remotely. Here are the main ones:

  • Accessibility: Remote desktop allows you to access your workspace from any device, at any time and from anywhere you have an internet connection.
  • Multi-user environment: Some remote desktop systems allow multiple users to connect to the same server at the same time, each working in their own session.
  • Data protection: Encrypted connections protect data and prevent unauthorized access.
  • Resource Management: Users can utilize the powerful resources of the remote computer, regardless of the specifications of the local device.
  • Software Compatibility: Programs on the remote desktop can be used without having to be installed on a personal device, solving compatibility issues.
  • Centralized Administration: Ease of software maintenance, updates and security settings is achieved through centralized server management.
  • Device redirection: Features such as redirection of printers, USB ports and other devices allow work tools connected to a local PC to interact with the remote server as if they were directly attached to it.
  • Interactivity: Real-time access to audio and video allows you to use remote multimedia applications and features.
  • Screen broadcasting: The remote computer screen is displayed on the user's device, and any changes on the remote side are immediately visible to the client.
  • Scalability: The remote desktop system can be customized and expanded to meet the needs of the user or the growth of the enterprise.

These features significantly increase the appeal of remote desktop technology for companies and individuals who need flexible access and the ability to work remotely in a variety of environments.

Protocols

A variety of programs and protocols give you a choice in organizing remote desktop access:

  • Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP): A Microsoft development for their native Windows remote access service.
  • Virtual Network Computing (VNC): Uses the RFB protocol to translate GUIs over network hubs.
  • Software products like TeamViewer or AnyDesk: Widely recognized commercial tools designed to facilitate remote connectivity.
  • Chrome Remote Desktop: From Google, allowing you to manage devices through the Chrome web browser or on mobile platforms.

This technology has found widespread use in remote IT support, remote operational work, server configuration, and as a way to access a work computer from other locations.

Remote Desktop and Serverspace

Serverspace has instructions on how to connect: to a Windows server, to a Linux server, as well as a handy calculator for calculating the rent of a server with a customized Windows OS to work from home.

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