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Can't connect to XP Pro Remote Desktop - odd problem

Posted on 2008-11-01
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We just installed an SBS 2008 box and added all of the computers back on a client's domain.

One particular user had an old machine so we replaced it with a brand new Optipex 755 running XP Pro  SP3 preinstalled.

I noticed the problem first when the user couldn't connect to the computer through RWW.  I'm able to connect perfectly fine to the other users on the domain on their machines.  When connecting on the cliet machine... the typical Terminal Services (RDP) screen never pops up.  Looked into it further and I can't even connect to the the machine through regular RDP (not RWW) through another machine on the network.  I'll click on Remote Desktop Connection on another workstation and type the DNS name (or IP)  and hit connect...   it then just never connects and returns me back to the box to type the server name in.  No pop up errors etc.

The firewall is turned on since it's controller automatically by Group Policy in SBS but I don't believe that's the problem since the other machines are controlled by the same thing and work fine.

Is there a way to reinstall RDP (server portion?)  or reinstall it?  Any other suggestions?
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by:Fiuca
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Right click on My computer, go to Properties, go to tab Remote, and check if the Remote Desktop is checked, allowing other users to "connect  remotely to this computer".
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by:Fluid_Imagery
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yes, that's handled by Group Policy on the server.  It is checked.
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by:Fiuca
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There is this article - regarding RDC
http://blog.shijaz.com/2008/01/no-more-mstscexe-console.html

Try to run remote desktop from the command prompt:  Start Run Cmd.  type in:
mstsc /admin bla.rdp
PS
You have to form bla.rdp file on the client PC to which you want connect and that runs Windows XP SP3 or Win. Vista SP1 or Win. Server 2008.
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Reimaged the hard drive,  image we were using must have been bad.  Issue was resolved.
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