Written: December 3, 2009

TeamViewer vs Microsoft Remote Desktop

I needed to keep a version of Internet Explorer 7.0 on an old Windows XP machine around for web browser compatibility testing however I didn’t want to keep a keyboard and monitor connected to it. Simple solution I thought, why not use the Microsoft Remote Desktop tool?

Within my LAN this worked just fine but then I needed to have access to it from outside my LAN when I’m away from the home office. I found articles that showed how to configure my home Gateway Router and configure the XP machine, yet it just didn’t work.
Next I browsed and discovered a tool called TeamViewer that did the job in 1/10 the effort as the failed Microsoft attempts.
TeamViewer

 

So now I’m a happy web developer as I sit inside a cafe using their free WiFi then control my XP machine at home.
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4 responses to “TeamViewer vs Microsoft Remote Desktop”

  1. Hsiangyi says:

    Hi!
    Have you heard of Mikogo? It's a free desktop sharing tool with remote support features. There is no need to configure Mikogo or adjust your comupter's network or firewall settings. If you would like, please visit Mikogo for more info or please feel free to contact me if you have any questions. Thanks!

    Hsiang-Yi Cheng
    The Mikogo Team

  2. Daniel Payne says:

    No, I haven't heard of Mikogo. I did just try LogMeIn.com which also worked well.

    I'll give Mikogo a try.

    Thanks.

  3. braintiller says:

    Another better alternative for remote support is RHUB solution. It has got some great features to ensure complete control of the remote system, such as instant remote control, faster remote access, remote reboot, firewall and proxy-compliance, file transfer, chat and recording. Why don't you try this.

  4. erica m says:

    I tend to favor 3rd party software generally over MS RDS. I think that generally if the MS offering is bad enough to allow for the existence of an entire sub-industry, it will rarely beat its specialized competitors. What I'd like to see is a head to head comparison between teamviewer and proxy networks' remote desktop product.

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