View Desktops Remotely

This is a combination of 3 projects built with Microsoft Visual C++ Ver 5.0. It was developed and run soley on Win NT 4.0 on a Corporate LAN. It has not been tested on other OS's, or over a modem. The goal of these projects is two provide a knowledge base on Sockets programming. Project 1, RemoteDesktopViewer_server.zip, is a Server program which sends it's desktop window in real time to a client program over the internet. Project 2, RemoteDesktopViewer_client.zip, a Client program which displays the desktop of a machine running the server program. Communication over the internet was done by programming sockets version 2.2.

This project also tries to provide another goal. Visual C++ w/o MFC. This project shows how one can write a Visual C++ program using the Win 32 SDK and Message Crackers.

The third project (RemoteDesktopViewer_common.zip) builds a library with which the Server and Client programs use to link. The library is public domain and contains functions to compress data.

Each zip file is a full project for Microsoft Visual C++ ver 5.0 and should be viewed accordingly.

Portions of the code have been written by third parties, through submission to codeguru and other web sites. Credit has been given where it is due in these cases.

Because of the nature of the project, I have taken my IP address out of the code, and am leaving up to the individual to add there IP address for there personal use. The file to do this is called 'Client.c'. It is part of the client window project. There is a #define statement at the top of the code which holds the IP address of the server machine to connect to.


Download Common source - 123 Kb
Download Client source - 87 Kb
Download Server source - 101 Kb

This article was originally published on April 24th, 2000

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