I want to enable secure and scalable remote access to the resources on my company's small LAN (<10 devices). The network includes a number of laptops, a network storage drive, server and a rotating collection of "propriety PC's".
Within the local network, we remote to the "propriety machines" from our laptops using XManager 4 (NetSarang Computer, Inc). The problem lies with gaining remote access to the "propriety PC's". Installing and configuring VPN clients on these machines is not an option. In my limited understanding of the application of VPN, this then disqualify them from being accessed remotely, because they are not viewable by the VPN server. Is this true? Or does this only limit my choice of VPN services vendor?
I had hoped that VPN would provide me, as the name suggests, a virtual place within the LAN, enabling me the same access to all resources as if I were physically connected, regardless of configuration of other LAN enabled devices. So once having created a VPN connection to the server, I could start a remote connection to a "propriety PC" using its LAN IP (or a variant). Have I been misled?