running a program over a network(5 posts)
That depends on the program sometimes. Especially true if it uses the same files when run over the network.
Normally all you need do it allow access over the network to specific directories and a computer. Than when the other remote/LAN computer either attaches a network drive or uses Explorer to get to the folder, it can run the EXE. Problems can occur though depending again on the program. If it needs to access the Registry say to verify you have a legal license, that license resides on the host computer, not the remote one you are trying to run it on, and that license is NOT in your Registry. Same would go for some install files possibly. Many programs are 'self-contained', that is all required files except for system files are on the folder and sub-folders. However, some installs place files in the USER folder or WINDOWS folders... and in these cases running the program over the LAN will probably fail as you are missing them.
Best to just try it and see.
As for the other user on the computer you attach too, well, if a game it could be problematic. Some save INI or progress files, so you can't have individual ones, or in some cases, to stop multiple instances of the program from running, they open files with 'deny all' and the 2nd instance of the program can't open it and fail. Why not just install (and pay license fees if required) on both computers?
Again, just try it and see what happens?
You can set up a Minecraft server on the desktop and then connect to the server from you laptop. Minecraft would still be running on your laptop but the umph will be on your desktop. The only thing you would have to do is make sure that no one closes the server window on your desktop while you are playing.
This is a good video tutorial explaining how to make a Minecraft Server using Hamachi. This is how I run my server with my friends.
The only thing not said in the video is that you need to restart your computer AFTER you set up the network in Hamachi. I didn't my first time through and none of my friends could connect UNTIL I restarted and then everything was golden. If you have any questions about setting it up post back and I can help you!
Also download the .exe (server) instead of the .jar (server) on the Minecraft download page. It works a little better. They both look EXACTLY the same but the .exe version works a little better.
Sorry it took so long to respond I am already running a server harltron but my laptop doesnt have the umph to even run minecraft without the game being 1 frame a second or so what I would like to do is basically stream the video of the game and control it while it runs in the background of the other computer