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Real VNC (Virtual Network Computitng)

Remote access is becoming more and more of a standard way to do things like working from home and performing tech support for remote users. There are many different ways to do this type of remote access and some work better than others. Plus some cost money and some are free.

VNC is remote control software which allows you to view and interact with one computer (the server) using a simple program called the viewer on another computer anywhere on the Internet or on your network.

Remote control software such as VNC has a variety of uses. It allows a person at a remote computer to assume control of another computer across a network, as if they were sitting in front of the other computer. It also makes it possible to view and interact with one computer from any other computer anywhere on the Internet. VNC can be used between different types of computers such as Windows and UNIX.

An example of its usage would be to allow a group of students simultaneously to view a computer screen being operated by an instructor, or to allow the instructor to take control of the students' computers to provide assistance.

VNC consists of two components. A server, which runs on the computer you want to remotely access, and a viewer, which runs on the computer you are sitting in front of.

The open source version of VNC has been freely available since 1998, and more than 100 million copies of the software have been downloaded. If you are running Windows NT 4, 2000, XP, Server 2003 or Linux then you can use the free version. Windows Vista, Windows 7 and Server 2008 have to buy the Personal version. Mac OSX users need to buy the Enterprise version.

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