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Possible to log in remotely through admin account while other user logged in?

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Hello all, we have a Windows 7 lab here at a University for students. As of right now only one person may be logged into to a machine and a time and this is how we want to keep it. However I am wondering if it is in anyway possible to enable a domain admin account to log into each machine remotely whilst other users are logged on. It would be helpful for various troubleshooting activities.

So essentially there would be multiple logons allowed, but only for this domain admin account.

Is this possible?
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by:kumarsundaram
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I don't think so.  Win 7 allows only one connection by default like any other client OS.  There are other 3rd party apps such as www.thinstuff.com that can allow multiple simultaneous RDP connections to a single client machine.
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I'd recommend DameWare.  (http://www.dameware.com/)

You'd be able to remote into each machine without disconnecting the user who is signed in.
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by:DavidBCS
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Not on the client and not while using the native utilities in Windows 7. You can, however, use a third-party program like LogMeIn that will allow you to view the desktop while the logged on user is using it. You would also be able to do so with or without the end-user's awareness.

The feature you speak of is actually available in Remote Desktop Services for user sessions that are not the console session. RDS runs on Windows Server.
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by:Chris Millard
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I'm afraid this isn't possible using a workstation and the default Windows software - you would have to patch the software (Google windows 7 concurrent remote desktops) - but this would allow any users to connect - not just the admin
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