Connect from Windows 2003 server to Windows 7 and XP desktops for remote control.

Posted on 2012-09-06
Last Modified: 2012-09-08
We have a Windows 2003 Server running AD and several desktops running W7 and XP Pro. I log in remotely to manage the server and would like to connect to the desktops from the server. Is this possible? If so, how.
Question by:Harold
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    Assisted Solution

    Yes ,It is possible.
    You can take MSTSC of the desktop by hostname of IP of the desktop.
    You can also use VNC,Office communicator etc.
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    Accepted Solution

    You need to check if RDP is enabled on Clients machines (Win 7 and Win XP)

    By default Windows 2003 allows 2 remote desktop sessions for administration but client machines will allow only one session in Windows XP and current user will be logged off and in Win 7 it will wait for other user to accept log off. This is by design and we can use inbuilt RDP tool to connect from server to client if RDP is enabled

    in Windows 2003 click on run | type in "mstsc" and then key in IP address or dns and try connecting

    I am sure you are doing same from Client to Server so it will be same process but on client side there are limitations
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    Expert Comment

    by:Stelian Stan
    Enable Remote Destop on Windows 7 ( and XP machine.

    From your server open a command line:


    put the name or Ip Address of the Xp or 7 machine and connect.
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    Expert Comment

    you may also find that an app like logmein or teamviewer will be even more convenient
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    Author Closing Comment

    Thanks djsharma: for the quick response just needed more details.

    Thanks chandru_sol: good detailed explanation.

    Good to go now.
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    Expert Comment

    Thanks for points!!

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