my home is Linux servers where SSH can always be used to get around a slightly-too-restrictive firewall. At work however, all of the servers we deal with are Windows based.
I'm needing to connect to a SQL Server 2000 instance running on a Windows 2008 server. The server is behind a firewall that appears to block all incoming ports except for remote desktop. There is suppose to be a VPN, but for some reason it's gone out and judging by how fast we finally got access to remote desktop, it'd probably be a few weeks before we could get an exception placed in the firewall or the a user added to the VPN.
So now I'm looking for a quick solution to get around it. What's the best way to get around it?
Also, the computers we use to connect to the server runs Windows 7. And we have administrator access to the server, but we'd prefer not to install anything permanently