secure control of remote machines?
i posted earlier regarding ssh tunneling and the responses have
me rethinking my situation on a broader level.
i have a local network of seven mandriva linux boxes, one xp box, and
one mac pro. i'd like to be able to log in to this network from my
home and be able to remotely run applications, move files, and, generally,
administer all of these machines.
i currently have an ssh tunnel set up to give me vnc access to the mac
pro. i have the same capability with the xp box but i have to manually
access the router and change it to the box i want to access. in other
words, i can only access one machine at a time without manually changing
router settings at the remote location. this is, obviously, impractical.
i'd like to expand the current setup to give me access and control of
all of the machines.
what's the best way for me to set things up for secure remote desktop
access to this network and all its machines? vpn? ssh and vnc? not
having used vpn, does it allow me to do more than just move files
around? can i use it to run apps, see the desktop? links to tutorials
and how-to's appreciated.