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Essential Linux® Administration: A Comprehensive Guide for Beginners by Serge Palladino, Chuck Easttom

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Chapter 8. Remote Access

The ability to remotely access a computer is critical for network administrators. Often, your network is sprawled over a diverse geographical area, and it is impractical to physically go to each machine in order to work with that machine. Then there is the situation when a server goes down at an inopportune time, when you are not at the office. If you can remotely access that server from where you are, you may be able to have the problem fixed in less time than it would take you to drive into the office. And finally, there is the general technical support situation when it is just quicker and easier to go in remotely to some user’s computer and fix that person’s problem, rather than to try and talk him through the process. ...

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