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Remotely monitor a user's session from W2k3 svr?

Hi,

I maintain a network of XP Pro computers, from a Win 2k3 Advanced server.

I note the "Enable remote control" checkbox in active directory for a user, which also lets me choose whether I want to ask the user permission to interact with their session or not. My question is, how can I remotely access the screen of the other user, without them being kicked off when I connect?

Thanks,

OnError_Fix
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Gary DewrellSenior Network AdministratorCommented:
Hi OnError_Fix,

OnError, I do not believe you can do this with the built in Remote desktop. What I use is SMS which allows me to login to the current session just as if I was at the console. SMS allows me to configure  if the client is asked for permission or if I can take control without asking. Now the enduser can tell when I am connected. They can be warned with a audio beep every few seconds or with a visual popup. An Icon also showes up in the icon tray. Hope this helps some.

God Bless
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OnError_FixAuthor Commented:
Hello gdewrell,

Many thanks for your prompt reply.... by SMS, do you mean a Microsoft product called Systems Management Server?

Presumably then, that's not free?

Thanks
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Gary DewrellSenior Network AdministratorCommented:
Yes that is quite true. SMS is not free :)

God Bless.

Gary
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OnError_FixAuthor Commented:
Hi Gary,

Thank you for your help. I will look into SMS.

Thanks again, enjoy your points!
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bwalker1Commented:
You could have the XP users send you a remote assistance invitation, but other than that I don't think that there is anything you can do it using RDP.  We use remote administrator ( www.radmin.com ) at my job for for remote management, it works well.  
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