VNC Commander - what is it? (newbie)

Simon Hobson shobson "at" colony.com
Thu, 06 Sep 2001 14:34:13 +0000


Glenn Mabbutt wrote:
>The only way to do this that I can think of on Windows without "knowing
>their IP address"  would be to set up a dynamic DNS solution (there are a
>number of providers for this, off-hand see http://www.dyndns.org and if you
>want to set up your own "service" I think I saw something on
>http://freshmeat.net).  In this method, there's a small client program that
>runs on the windows machine you want to control, you set each machine up
>with it's own hostname (ie, box1.domain.com, box2.domain.com, etc), and
>therefore when each machine "connects" to the network, the client program
>broadcasts out the system's current IP to the configured DNS server - so you
>can always hit "box1.domain.com" and always have it go to Bob's machine.

If you have a system to host it on, you could also use the DHCP and DNS
servers from the Internet Software Consortium (www.isc.org), or others, and
do dynamic DNS updates from the DHCP server. This requires no special
provisions on the clients to keep an up-to-date DNS. I'm fairly certain
that W2000 can do dynamic updates in the DNS server, but I don't know about
it's DHCP server (I avoid Windoze as much as possible).

Simon
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