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I built a server 2003 VM to keep some legacy software limping a long.   I want people to access it remotely over RDP.  There's  a hardware licensing key attached via parallel port for some design software.   I can only get the application to launch when I connect to it via the console session.  If I connect to it via standard remote desktop session, the application complains it cant find the hardware license key.   Is there a way I can give all RDP users the same type of hardware access that the console session has?
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Have you tried connecting to the console via RDP, or using third party applications, Log Me In Rescue, Teamviewer or VNC.

Console access via RDP
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc775475(v=ws.10).aspx

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/278845

http://blogs.technet.com/b/askperf/archive/2008/01/04/mstsc-exe-no-more-console-switch-in-rdc-6-1.aspx

It would appear the application has not been designed for session based/RDP access.
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I have not tried any alternative remote access applications.  I was hoping to utilize simultaneous logins.   There are 2 users who need to use this application.
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE) earned 500 total points
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You will not be able to do it with 2 concurrent sessions.

Only a single user will be able to access the console, the application is just not designed for Terminal Server (RDS) access.

Also you may be in breach of the software license, if you only have a single hardware key!
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