No, you don't need to purchase any additional MS CAL's.
From a Microsoft Licensing standpoint, logging into the server console using RAdmin is exactly the same as if you were sitting in front of the server physically and logging on - i.e. covered by your existing licenses.
The theory is that you can contact Famatech tech support and get that license reissued to you. In practice, this procedure has turned out to be clunky (at best), and I too hope that Famatech will be revising the licensing procedure in the next major revision.
There must be some form of TCP/IP network connection between client and server for RAdmin to work. If the two are not on the same LAN, then this connection must be made via the internet (barring some direct WAN connection, such as a dedicated T1, which I doubt you have between your home and work). So, if your work computer is not connected to the internet, then no, it won't be possible to connect to it via RAdmin from your home.
RAdmin doesn't work like RDP (Terminal Services). Regardless of what security method you use, RAdmin will always connect you to the console of the machine to which you are connecting. If "administrator" is logged on at the console, then it doesn't matter how you establish the RAdmin connection; you will be connecting to administrator's console session.
Interesting; I didn't even know RAdmin had a timeout setting. I've accidentally left a connection open over the weekend and found it still connected come Monday.
As for Drew (and Wally), I'd suggest checking Power Management settings on the "server" side: if your target computer is going to sleep, or the NIC is being turned off to save power, that would terminate your RAdmin session.
When establishing a file transfer connection, mapped network drives are only visible on the local side, not on the remote side. (I'm fairly certain this behavior was the same in version 2.x as well.)
As a workaround, you could make a full access connection to the remote client, then use that to make a file transfer connection from the remote client back to your machine. That way, from the perspective of the file transfer connection, the remote machine is actually "local" and mapped drives will show up there. It's clunky, but it will work.
I suspect that "show mapped drives on remote clients in file transfer mode" is probably on the wishlist for version 4.
Terminology can be tricky, especially the word "server" in a question like this one where it can have multiple meanings.
I am assuming that the RAdmin Server software is installed on a Workstation that can no longer communicate with its Domain Controller. If this workstation still has cached credentials (i.e. you can log in at the console with domain user name and password), then you may still be able to use the same credentials to log in with RAdmin. If not, there's no real way around this that I know of; you will need physical access to the Workstation (the RAdmin Server) in order to change the security settings in RAdmin.
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How do I prevent someone from getting unauthorized administrative remote access to my machine though? Is there any safeguards I could implement?
There's no easy answer for that; it's a very broad topic. In general, though, here are a few pointers:
- Firewall: get a decent firewall; hardware appliance for a business network, software is okay for a single home computer or a laptop. There are lots of good ones out there; Comodo is probably a good place to start for a free software firewall (I'm sure others will probably chime in at this point with suggestions or opinions of their own; your best bet is to do your own research and check review sites so you can make an informed decision.)
- Patches: Make sure you stay current on patches and service packs, especially for any software that touches the internet (Windows, IE or another browser, IM clients, etc.)
- Virus/Malware protection: make sure you have a decent antivirus product, plus some anti-malware protection. There are too many AV vendors out there with decent products for me to make any one recommendation; again, check the review sites and make your own decision. As far as anti-malware, Spybot Search & Destroy works pretty well, as does MalwareBytes AntiMalware.
Be careful, though; there are many MANY fake antivirus and antimalware products out there! Before you install something, Google it.
- Common sense: limit activities that you know will put you at greater risk. This can include (but is not limited to) visiting "free" porn sites and using pirated software. Web sites that provide these kinds of services are compromised by malware more often than more legitimate sites (though nearly any site could be compromised; hence the need for protective software). Also, peer-to-peer file sharing software is a notorious source of viruses and malware.
That should at least get you started, and make you a less inviting target than the average net surfer.
If someone can gain administrative remote access to your machine, they could push an install of RAdmin to your machine. (There are scripts to do this for the older 2.2 version, and there's probably a similar mechanism for the newer versions as well.) Once RAdmin (Server) is installed then anyone with the password can access your machine.
Of course, if someone has administrative remote access to your machine, then an unauthorized RAdmin install is the least of your problems (they could install or delete pretty much anything at that point ... ).
You might want to consider making a Terminal Services (i.e. Remote Desktop Connection) to a PC or Server, and then establish RAdmin connections from that one machine to the other PC's. You'll save a bit on bandwidth requirements over the WAN link, and TS/RDC is pretty good about maintaining/reestablishing troublesome links.
I've noticed this "feature" before when opening a File Transfer window in a similar manner to what Susan described. I suspect that this is the intended behavior because when RAdmin (either View Mode or Full Control Mode) is set to Full Screen, it won't let any other window jump in front of it to get focus, so the Full Screen View has to be reduced to Normal View in order to give the new window (File Transfer, Voice Chat, or whatever) the focus.
When I first glanced at my e-mail notification about that last comment, I thought it had been posted by Eugene Idzikovsky, and it struck me as funny that he (the current "Face of Famatech" in the forums) would be agreeing with the usefulness of a feature request.
That said, I totally agree with this feature request myself. By far the largest anchor you can throw on the performance of RAdmin is a huge wallpaper. Being able to automatically disable that upon connection (and re-enable it upon disconnection) would be a most welcome improvement!
I'm not with Famatech support, but I can tell you that this feature has not yet been implemented as of v3.4. I believe it is supposed to be included in the feature set for v4.0, but don't quote me on that until Eugene (or another Famatech employee) confirms it.