Brian K. White
brian "at" aljex.com
Thu Feb 24 20:57:00 2005
----- Original Message -----
From: "B. Scott Smith" <scott "at" smithdomain.com>
To: "Harold Fuchs" <harold "at" wolfeden.demon.co.uk>
Cc: <vnc-list "at" realvnc.com>
Sent: Thursday, February 24, 2005 2:46 PM
Subject: Re: Audio?
> Not with Win2K Pro. However, if the remote machine is WinXP Pro, or
> Windows Server 2003, you can use Remote Desktop (RDP) to log in remotely.
> This not only brings the sounds locally, but you will have direct access
> to both the local and remote drives for file transfer, and printing from
> applications on the remote box can go to your local printer.
> Another point, however, is that VNC and RDP do not play well together...
rdp is pretty slick, and has one monumental important feature that until rdp
only vnc had, a plain text, autoloading, config file.
ie: you can have a cgi on a web site that generates vnc (or rdp) config
files that the user can "click on" and boom they are in. Awsome for getting
into remote sites that have dhcp dsl/cable connections and easier & more
reliable than dyndns, sort of home grown dyndns without bothering with DNS
at all. Remote machine just sends a little netcat or wget request to trigger
a the cgi from cron or windows scheduler, cgi overwrites a index.html and
one or more .vnc files in a per-customer directory in htdocs. Then you have
a web page that has a "login" button that always works, with no dyndns.org
and the cron job is much lighter simpler and thus more reliable than any of
the dyndns updaters I ever saw. I've been using tightvnc and this cgi to
give myself convenient access to all my clients for years. Can't do any such
thing with pcanywhere. Only recently I discovered rdp has a plain text
config file that auto-launches the client just like tightvnc's .vnc files.
This means you can do the same thing with rdp and no need to install extra
software most of the time.
Bad thing though:
You log in via rdp, you gain control of the session and begin to work, and
Bang, you can be ejected without any warning at any time by someone else
logging in. It doesn't ask you "shall I let this jerk take over?" It doesn't
warn the new connection "someone is logged in are you sure you want to crash
them out ungracefully?" It doesn't have the ability to share the session, it
just lets the new connection blast away the existing connection without
Also, I can and do connect to the vnc sites from my palmos phone, any of my
unix/linux/bsd/mac boxes... I think there is actually a rdp client for
linux, but I doubt for palmos, and I doubt it would be easy for me to build
the linux client under sco which I actually use 99% more than linux, etc...
as slick as rdp is, it's still just more typical swill from bill.
> Harold Fuchs wrote:
>>I run VNC viewer and connect to my server.
>>I run a server-side web browser that connects to a radio station.
>>The sound from the station is audible through the server's speakers.
>>Is there some way to make the sound available through the viewer's
>>I'm using VNC 4.0 on Windows 2000 Pro.
>>Time files like an arrow; fruit flies like a banana.
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