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You should be able to connect to the host computer easily and access all the harddisk, usb-sticks and network drives remotely, without needing to use port forwarding on the router (so no FTP). I do have full control on the server.

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Is Windows the server OS, client OS, or both? – Daniel Beck Oct 16 '11 at 10:57
Windows is both, the server and the cliënt OS. – user101579 Oct 16 '11 at 10:59
Which of the machines is behind a router? – Daniel Beck Oct 16 '11 at 11:36
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I personally use LogMeIn which is a free remote access software. All you do is create a account, download the logmein client onto the specified server; then you'll be able to access that server (with full control) from anywhere by just logging into the control panel of the website.

Hope this helps.

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Left us know if you tried either LogMeIn or TeamViewer. @user101579 – Joe S Oct 17 '11 at 15:58
LogMeIn is my product of choice, because of the great webbassed gui and the ios apps. – user101579 Jun 5 '12 at 13:50

TeamViewer is probably the simplest platform in your case.

It includes a VPN feature that is perfect for what you need.

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