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VNC not working while win2k server admin account

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is there any vnc program that will allow me to access my win2k server while the computer is locked? I've tried tightvnc it worked while the pc wasnt locked but as soon as I lock it I loose connection.
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Hi Drefsabuk,

Why don't you use terminal services? you can install this on the server add/remove programs then add/remove windows components> then make sure you choose the remote admin mode and then download the terminal services client and hey presto.

http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;314894&sd=tech

Hope This helps
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by:scampgb
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Hi Drefsabuk,

VNC should allow you to access the machine when it's locked - I use it all the time.
It could have something to do with the way it was installed - how did you install it?
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by:Drefsabuk
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Thanks for the info Microtech, I've pulled off the doc and and reading through it now.

Scampgb I just installed it with the basic setup (though not installed as a service) everything ran fine untill I locked the computer. While im reading the info Microtech pointed me to is much difference between vnc and terminal services? I've only used vnc before and that seamed to handle everything I needed it to untill this issue came up.
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by:bloemkool1980
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You need to run it as a service otherwise it runs with user settings in the registry and this will prevent you from accessing it when its locked.
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by:scampgb
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Drefsabuk: bloemkool1980's right :-)

As for VNC vs Terminal Services:
It depends what you want to achieve as to which will be best.  Terminal Services offers a much better user experience, however doesn't actually take control of the console of the server itself.
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by:Drefsabuk
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I've just tried it as a service but it still does the same thing, everything runs fine untill I try and lock the server. If I try and connect when the server is locked it asks for the password then it says connection closed.
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by:Drefsabuk
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after reviewing the doc about terminal service I think this will be the way to go for me so it looks like microtech gets the points :) Though its still a puzzle as to why vnc still didnt work as a service, if anyone has any insights to this I would be intersted.
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by:bloemkool1980
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you should stop your vnc that is running with your user settings. Maybe even log-off log-on.
But I agree running mickeysoft stuff is by far the best way to avoid problems.
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by:Drefsabuk
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cracked it :) the vnc service was running but for some odd reason must not have been running properly (even after a reboot). I stopped the service and disabled it then started it again and set it to auto. Then it worked fine im still going to play with TS as its something I've often read about but never really payed much attention to.
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