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  • 1. Secure Connection to Your Windows XP Pro Computer Anytime, Anywhere Present by Vuong Phung Operating Systems Administrator for The CATS 2005 Conference Network & Computer Service Center (NCS) College of Science – San Jos é State University
  • 2. Why?
    • Access to your computer anytime from anywhere (where Internet connection is available)
    • Transfer files or copy and paste documents between two computers
    • Print to a local printer
    • Better than TightVNC/VNC
    • Cost $0
    • Secure
    • Easy to implement
  • 3. One of the Working Scenario SSH Server XP Pro SP2 Windows/Mac OS X/*NIX Internet Campus Network 1. SSH tunnel connection 2. RD connection
  • 4. Requirement
    • One XP Pro SP 2 computer
    • One static IP address
    • One SSH account on the network where this computer resides
    • I will refer to this computer as the XP Pro computer
    • A Windows 95/98/Me/ NT/2000/XP/Mac OS X/ *NIX computer
    • A free Remote Desktop Connection software for non-XP computer
    • A free Putty SSH client software for Windows
    • I will refer to this computer as the Remote computer
  • 5. Action Overview
    • Gather information and write it down
    • Configure the XP Pro computer
    • Configure the Remote computer
    • Attempt to make the first remote desktop connection
    • Make the connection even more secure
  • 6. Gather Information
    • The static IP address of the XP Pro computer
    • The static IP address/DNS name of the SSH server that you will connect to
    • The SSH account username and password
  • 7. Configure the XP Pro Computer
    • Update and patch Windows
    • Verify to make sure it has a static IP address
    • Turn on the Remote Desktop option and allow at least one remote user
    • Turn off the XP firewall
    • Verify that port 3389 is listening
  • 8. Configure the Remote Computer
    • Update and patch Windows
    • Download and install Remote Desktop Connection for non-Windows XP computer
    • Download and install DigestIT 2004 software
    • Download and verify Putty software
    • Configure Putty software ( Mac OSX and *NIX uses built-in SSH command )
  • 9. Attempt the First RD Connection
    • Use the Putty software to connect to the SSH server and logon with the provided username and password (Mac OSX and *NIX uses ssh –2 –L 3388: your-XP-Pro-IP :3389 username @ your-SSH-server )
    • Use the Remote Desktop Connection software to connect to “localhost:3388”
    • Logon to the XP Pro computer for the first time
    On the Remote computer
  • 10. Secure the Connection Further
    • Change the default listening port 3389 to another port
    • Turn on the XP firewall
    • Set the XP firewall to accept only the remote desktop connection traffic from the SSH server
    On the XP Pro computer
  • 11. Resources How To on my website http://ncs.science.sjsu.edu/vphung/index.php?How_To Microsoft website Remote Desktop Connection software for Windows and Mac OS X http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/downloads/tools/rdclientdl.mspx http://www.microsoft.com/mac/otherproducts/otherproducts.aspx?pid=remotedesktopclient How to change the listening port for Remote Desktop http://support.microsoft.com/kb/306759/EN-US/ SSHWindows website To run your own SSH server on your Windows XP Pro computer http://sshwindows.sourceforge.net/