While many administrators commonly use Remote Desktop, a technology native to Windows Servers (2000 and 2003 editions), to access remote hosted servers when working with a server that's not on premise requires carefulness. (If an issue arises, you can't just walk into the next room and take control from the console.)
This guide examines Remote Desktop alternatives, reviews remote management techniques, including managing applications and preventing disasters on remote hosted servers, and disaster recovery techniques should the inevitable occur.
Remote Hosted Server Management Fast Guide
Remote Desktop alternatives
Managing applications on remote hosted servers
Remote hosted server management: Disaster recovery and prevention
This was first published in July 2006