The Promise and Peril of Remote Systems Administration

My spin: I use remote administration to access one of my own servers and it works LOVELY. In fact from a Windows XP machine, I can even access my personal desktop! HOWEVER there sure are perils if the wrong hands get access to it!
News Factor News Clip: Remote systems-administration software offers a tremendous upside. By enabling users to access a workstation or server remotely, it greatly enhances the reach of a company’s workforce. For example, a sysadmin in Nevada can change the settings of a server in Virginia as easily as one sitting in a building across the enterprise campus. (full story)