administration, IT support and helpdesks. It can also be used to support
the mobile user, both for hot desking within the enterprise and also to
provide remote access at home, or on the road. The system allows several
connections to the same desktop, providing an invaluable tool for
collaborative or shared working in the workplace or classroom. Computer
support within the geographically spread family is an ever popular use.
For the individual user, one common scenario is using VNC to help
troubleshoot the computer of a distant less-technically-savvy relative.
In other words, sitting at your desk in Baltimore, you could use VNC to
take control of your relative's PC in California and show them how to
install and use some new software package by actually doing it yourself.
A very common business application of VNC is in remote system
administration, where it is used to allow administrators to take control
of employee machines to diagnose and fix problems, or to access and
administer server machines without making a trip to the console. VNC can
also be used to provide a flexible hot-desking and road-warrior
environment by allowing employees to access their office desktop and
server machines from any machine in the company's offices or from other
remote sites, regardless of the type of computers involved at either
VNC is widely used in educational contexts, for example to allow
a distributed group of students simultaneously to view a computer screen
being manipulated by an instructor, or to allow the instructor to take
control of the students' computers to provide assistance.
Of course, as these examples illustrate, the variety of uses of
VNC is really as diverse as the many millions of VNC users.
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