A simple, solid and stable P2P Bidirectional NAT Traversal
technique for RealVNC users...
bhartung "at" wiscoind.com
Wed Mar 2 16:34:00 2005
In only one of your examples is the IT department involved. It that
case, they could have accomplished the same as Hamachi by temporarily
opening some ports in the firewall and forwarding them to her work
computer. Or they could have e-mailed her the files she needed.
In all your other examples, they represent well-meaning individuals
circumventing company security.
As an administrator, I'd be worried about showing employees how to
by-pass security because it's convenient to do so. Who's to control
their access after that?
Zach Dennis wrote:
> Bob Hartung wrote:
>> Since my last posting, I've been trying to play devil's advocate with
>> this technology. I've been trying to imagine legitimate scenarios for
>> using this technology in a business environment. So far, I haven't
>> been able to do it. It still seems to be a technology whose primary
>> purpose is to thwart firewalls and company usage policies.
> Well for starters. This is a great tool for the IS/IT dept in a
> company and especially for admins. Maybe this won't work well for a
> typical end user on a large corporate network, but this is great in
> smaller to medium sized businesses and even SOHOs. If this works well
> with VNC, then the worth of this product just went 100% in my book.
> Here are some example scenarios:
> - In the northern country where it snows, the finance gal gets snowed
> in or runs into a ditch (its happened before) so she works from home.
> She needs to access some files from her work computer. (Her home
> computer is also a company laptop). She calls the IT dept and makes a
> request. The IT dept set her up to vnc into her machine from home and
> to drag over her files (thx hamachi).
> - A programmer codes both at home and at work. He does some sample
> coding at home late last night and then finds out tomorrow morning he
> needs that code. He vnc's in to his computer and drags the files over.
> (thx hamachi).
> - Engineers from a regional office are visiting headquarters. Their
> meeting is at 2pm, it's 10am now. What to do for 4 hours. They get on
> an extra workstation and vnc into their up north computer and review
> some of their revisions from yesterday. They decide to include the new
> ideas in their 2pm meeting. So they generate a pdf of their latest cad
> files. They drag the pdf over to the current workstation, and print it
> out. (thx hamachi)
> These are all scenarios our company has hit. And if I understand
> Hamachi right, the solution should be similar to what they are above
> in each example. If I dont' understand Hamachi right, please tell me.
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