I'm looking for an (ideally FOSS) alternative to TeamViewer.
I need to support less tech-savvy people using Windows as well as Linux on their computers - and of course it would be great to serve all of them using the same tool...
Most of the host systems don't have a static IP address, and I'm afraid I can't VPN into their local LANs.
Please feel free to retoot - I'm looking forward to any suggestions
@falgn0n @tetrapyloctomist @switchingsocial Tried to install, but it failed. Log: https://stemy.me/zerobin/?d531db96e343cd20#8FvJZzDjgMc2lMKcHzf4sEjizEMAaOzlxdghsRuJ5yw=
Have you looked at this article yet?
Thanks for recommending the article!
When I'm looking for an alternative to the proprietary solutions (TeamViewer, AnyDesk, Ammyy Admin, RealVNC, Chrome Remote Desktop...), 😒
the count of choices from the article drops to 4 (No. 7 to 10) - and as far as I understand, these all need either some kind of manipulation on the router (DynDNS + Port Forwarding) or VPN in order to access computers behind a NAT? 😟
Please tell me if I'm I missing something here? Thanks! 😊
@tetrapyloctomist @switchingsocial @Cedara I don't see Cedara's link, but... Yeah, things that don't have a centralized server infrastructure to send your connection through a NAT are going to need some kind of router manipulation or a VPN. :(
I'd be wary of exposing your less tech-savvy friends' and relatives' machines to the internet via port forwarding, myself. A VPN would be the more secure choice.
Yeah. The problem is establishing the connection between the two machines. A lot of those links are for services with a centralized server infrastructure in order to make the connection through NATs, etc.
I was going to suggest that you might get more traction out of looking for alternatives to LANdesk, but that was worse. This is maybe closer to your use case. https://www.reddit.com/r/sysadmin/comments/3qkths/is_there_an_open_source_alternative_to_teamviewer/
Thanks for sharing your experience with us!
Please correct me if I'm wrong: from what I understand #Guacamole seems to be a pretty nifty solution for remote access to Linux machines - at least I don't see a Win installer?
If I can't manipulate router settings (for DynDNS & Port Forwarding) and can't VPN into a local network - how do I connect to a computer with a dynamic IP address? And to different computers in the same NAT? 😳
What part of TV are you replacing?
Guacamole runs on a GNU/Linux server on target LAN. From it you connect to RDP (Win), VNC (Win/Linux), SSH (Linux) on your LAN. In your situation you can use a reverse SSH tunnel to a third party server + 2FA auth. A lot of pieces but it works. Requirement: VNC installed/RDP enabled.
Compare TV licensing vs. professional sysadmin/consulting fees, make a budget. I can help if you don't have the time or experience to do it.
In order to access the other computers in my (all windows) office, I would place a separate computer there, run Linux and install #Guacamole.
After that I can make a connection to the Linux machine from outside (Port Forwarding needed?) and from there I can connect via VNC or RDP to the Windows machines?
@tetrapyloctomist exactly :) port forwarding is best if possible.
Sorry if I'm asking too many questions
@tetrapyloctomist Protocols: yes, RDP steals the session and VNC can share it so RDP on some servers, VNC all the rest of Win desktops. It's a VM with 2GB of RAM, 32G storage on multi0core host.
@tetrapyloctomist @switchingsocial A few alternatives to #TeamViewer are suggested on AlternativeTo.net: https://alternativeto.net/software/teamviewer/?license=opensource. If I read correctly, #TightVNC is GPL and multi-platform.
@tetrapyloctomist @switchingsocial Reverse VNC? That way the server connects to the client, so only the viewer needs a public IP.
I wrote about it ages ago: https://blog.gibson.sh/2010/01/08/remote-administrationtech-support-with-reverse-vnc/
@tetrapyloctomist For my windows using relatives, I have them setup to be able to create a reverse tunnel with ssh to my router, and then I just use standard remote desktop to access their machines. But I'm dealing with a small set of users, and I have no linux users I have to support.
I haven't found a very good solution either. One thing that might work though is to use a Dynamic DNS service like no-IP to setup a VPN or SSH server. Then just setup a FLOSS VNC server and you can remote in that way.
I know this approach is pretty hacky and requires a lot of setup but it would work. I do wish someone would build a true FLOSS TeamViewer alternative.
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