Enable Remote Desktop Remotely!

Have you ever needed to connect to a Windows Server 2003 machine only to find out that Remote Desktop or TS is not configured or enabled?  Mitch Tulloch has a solution that is shown in detail at Windows Server Hacks: Remotely Enable Remote Desktop.

Remote Desktop is a cool feature of Windows Server 2003 that lets you remotely log on to and work at a machine as if you were seated at the local console (in Windows 2000 Advanced Server, this feature was called Terminal Services in Remote Administration Mode). Remote Desktop can be a lifesaver for fixing problems on servers at remote sites, but what if you forgot to enable the feature before you shipped the server out to Kalamazoo? Enabling Remote Desktop is easy if the server is in front of you: just log on as an administrator, open System in Control Panel, select the Remote tab, and under Remote Desktop select the checkbox labeled “Allow users to connect remotely to this computer.” Unfortunately, you can’t use the System utility to enable Remote Desktop on a remote machine, though you can access some properties pages of System using Computer Management by first connecting the console to a remote computer, then right-clicking on the root node and selecting Properties. Unfortunately…

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About Gary Cooper

I am a Senior Systems Architect for a small midwestern US consulting company (Horizons Consulting) and I currently am certified by Microsoft
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