You don't have to carry a laptop to have your computer available wherever you go, because Windows XP Professional includes Remote Desktop. Remote Desktop gives you complete control over your computer from across a network and over the Internet. However, Remote Desktop requires software to be installed on the system you're connecting from. Unfortunately, it's often impossible to install the software on a system, such as when you're at an Internet café, a friend's house, or using a client's computer.
Get Your Host Computer Ready
The Remote Desktop feature is only available in Windows XP Professional. It's not included with Windows XP Home Edition. For more information about how Remote Desktop Web Connection works, see About Remote Desktop Web Connection.
The first step in enabling Remote Desktop Web Connection is to install the necessary software on the host computer. Remote Desktop Web Connection is an optional World Wide Web Service component of Internet Information Services (IIS), which is included by default in Windows XP Professional. IIS responds to requests from a Web browser. Have your Windows XP Professional CD handy, and follow these steps:
Open Control Panel click Add or Remove Programs, and then click Add/Remove Windows Components.
Click Internet Information Services, and then click Details.
In the Subcomponents of Internet Information Services list, click World Wide Web Service, and then click Details.
In the Subcomponents of World Wide Web Service list, select the Remote Desktop Web Connection check box, and then click OK.
In the Windows Components Wizard, click Next. Click Finish when the wizard has completed.
Click the Start button and click Run. Type Net Stop w3svc, and click OK. This temporarily stops the World Wide Web service to keep your system safe while you update it with security patches.
Enabling IIS without installing the appropriate security patches can make your system vulnerable to intruders. For more information, read Microsoft Security Bulletin MS01-018 and Security and Privacy for Home Users.
To check for updates:
Click Start, point to All Programs, click Microsoft Update, and then click Scan for updates. Follow the prompts to install all critical updates. If prompted, restart your computer.
Click Start, and then click Run. Type Net Start w3svc, and click OK. This starts the World Wide Web service.
I highly recommend using Automatic Updates, especially after installing Internet Information Services.
Configure Internet Information Services
By default, IIS is identified on your computer by the TCP port number 80. The steps in this section change the TCP port number and make it much more difficult for a potential attacker to communicate with your computer. The steps in this section are optional, but if you do follow them, you'll dramatically improve the security of your system. If you are already using your computer as a Web server, you should leave the TCP port number at the default setting of 80.
Open Control Panel, click Performance and Maintenance, and then click Administrative Tools. Double-click Internet Information Services.
In the ISS snap-in, expand your computer name, expand Web Sites, right-click Default Web Site, and then click Properties.
On the Web Site tab, change the value for TCP Port. Enter a number between 1000 and 65535 that you can remember easily, such as the month and day of a birthday or anniversary. You'll need to know the TCP Port when you connect to the computer in the future.
Click OK, and close the Internet Information Services snap-in.
Edited by garmanma, 11 August 2009 - 05:56 PM.
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