Originally Posted by Troy_Jollimore
I'm asking the question in this forum because it's more likely to get a meaningful answer.
Don't yell at me because I'm cheap and lazy, but I have a number of users set up to RDP into their desktops by just opening up a few different-numbered ports in the firewall and NATing them directly to their WinXP PCs. This works well. However, a company Exec is currently in Asia and hasn't been able to connect. I tested it last night from home and it worked fine for me.
Any quick answers to this? This client isn't computer 'literate', but he's pretty smart and can find his way around in a pinch. I think I have a VPN client installed on his laptop, but he'll find that a bit cumbersome. Could this be related to a time-out issue due to the distance? Or could the port be blocked somewhere other than at my firewall?
I do know that certain ports are blocked in parts of asia, specifically china (which is the only asian location that I've had client work from). Realizing that the VPN option might be cumbersome, he may not have many options available to him depending on where he is. There's one service that's worked when others seemed to fail from that area of the world and that was SurfBouncer
Do keep in mind also that people may fuss for being cheap and lazy, but often it's because proper tools are typically available to make the job easier and trying to force something to do what it's not supposed to do seems a bit crazy to those of us who may have already done this and are trying to share their experience. Kinda like the often asked question, "I want 100% reliable antivirus protection for my entire organization...but it needs to be free".
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