The Kanzelhoehe Solar Observatory is an observing facility located in Carinthia (Austria) and operated by the Institute of Geophysics, Astrophysics and Meteorology of the Karl- Franzens University Graz. A set of instruments for solar surveillance at different wavelengths bands is continuously operated in automatic mode and is presently being upgraded to be used in supplying near-real-time solar activity indexes for space weather applications. In this frame, we tested a low-end software/hardware architecture running on the PC platform in a non-homogeneous, remotely distributed environment that allows efficient or moderately efficient application sharing at the Intranet and Extranet (i.e., Wide Area Network) levels respectively. Due to the geographical distributed of participating teams (Trieste, Italy; Kanzelhoehe and Graz, Austria), we have been using such features for collaborative remote software development and testing, data analysis and calibration, and observing run emulation from multiple sites as well. In this work, we describe the used architecture and its performances based on a series of application sharing tests we carried out to ascertain its effectiveness in real collaborative remote work, observations and data exchange. The system proved to be reliable at the Intranet level for most distributed tasks, limited to less demanding ones at the Extranet level, but quite effective in remote instrument control when real time response is not needed.