January 04, 2011, 2:57 PM — Getting your cloud-based servers set up with data and applications usually involves making some sort of remote connection to move content from your enterprise network or desktop to the virtual instance of your server. There are at least three different ways, and chances are you might need all three for doing different tasks, such as populating a database or Web server, managing your Windows server with the graphical Microsoft tools such as Server Manager, or running a virtual private network between your desktop and the cloud. So look at how your provider handles VPNs (some may use browser-based tools such as Cisco's AnyConnect VPN client), Remote Desktop Connection software from Microsoft, the Secure Shell (SSH) terminal session, or file transfer protocols (FTP) to remotely control and transfer information to your cloud-based server.
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