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VNC Crashing on W2K3 Servers

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I use RealVNC 3.3.7 to remotely connect to all the workstations and servers I support. I use VNC Admin Console from MAST to quickly navigate from computer to computer. This solution had worked fairly well for me, until I upgraded two of my servers to W2K3.

The RealVNC server just stops working. I don't see any events being logged and there are no dialog boxes.

I've setup Remote Desktop Connection in case the VNC service stops as I don't have any keyboards or displays attached to these servers.

The RealVNC website claims compatibility with W2K3 Server and my Google searches have not found any similar complaints.

Anyone with similar problems and a solution?
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You might try another flavor of VNC such as tightVNC or UltraVNC. I don't like to put VNC on servers as the security is generally pretty low. Any reason why you don't want to use remote desktop?

http://www.tightvnc.com

http://ultravnc.sourceforge.net

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I was thinking about trying a different version but wanted to check on others' exeriences first. The VNC Admin Console supports many of the additional features of TightVNC, so I'll try that first.

I agree about the security weaknesses. But my thinking is that the VNC ports are only exposed on the Intranet, not the Intranet.

And as I mentioned, it sure is nice to be able to pull up the VNC Admin Console and jump to any computer on the network.
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I've uninstalled RealVNC on one server and replaced it with TightVNC. After a couple of uses, TightVNC stops working as well--sometimes with an error message and sometimes not. The error message is the one about sending the info to Microsoft. If I've got some time next time it pops up the error message, I'll look at the details.

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I've given up on the TightVNC as well. I'm using Remote Desktop and it's working out fine, although it's not as convinient to access...
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A comment after a year of posting this question:
I discovered Smartcode VNC Manager, which includes an interface for Remote Desktops as well as VNC clients. Very slick. I'm able to jump from managing the severs through RDP to "looking over the shoulder" of the computer users from the same program.
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