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Windows Server 2008 - Remote Computer Management

Posted on 2009-05-20
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Hi -

We just set up a Windows Server 2008 box (am new to 2008) and our customer cannot run a computer management connection remotely.  Can someone tell me if that needs to be enabled somewhere on the box?

Thanks,

Steve
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You mean RDP?
Goto system settings - system and make sure, RDP is enabled in general.

If you mean the computer management console (which uses RPC), this should work in general, but may blocked by the windows firewall. You may temporary disable it. Also misconfigurations of DNS may cause RPC to fail over the network. Can you reach the server from the internal network?

The default settings of W2K8 are a little bit more restictive that in W2K3.
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To enable remote configuration of a Windows Server 2008, you must first enable and configure inbound firewall rules on the server.

To enable and configure the required inbound firewall rules
Start wf.msc. (Click Start, click Run, type wf.msc, and then click OK.) This starts the Windows Firewall with Advanced Security MMC snap-in.

In the left panel, click Inbound Rules.

Right-click the following inbound rule and then click Enable Rule: "Remote Administration (RPC)"

Right-click the rule and then click Properties. Then, on the General tab, under Action, select the Allow the connections option and click OK.

Exit the Windows Firewall with Advanced Security MMC snap-in.
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by:malcou
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Hi
Not clear exactly where the problem is.
If it is a connection problem the check the RDP service and firewall on the remote compter as per Bembi and Netcraft.
If it is because you can't find the "connect to a remote computer" option on windows 2008, thats because its not there. You need to make your own console. Do the following:-

1. Go to start/run type mmc.
2. In the management console go to file/add remove snapin.
3. Choose computer management and press add.
4. In the dialog box, type the name of the remote computer and set a cross in the box "Allow the selected computer to be changed"
5. Press Finish and OK

Now you have a computer management console that allows you to connect to remote servers - just like windows 2003.
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