[Product update] Infrastructure Analysis Tool is now available with Business Accounts.Learn More


Remote Access





Remote access may refer to the connection to a data-processing system from a remote location, for example through a virtual private network remote desktop software, terminal emulation, or the activation of features of a business telephone system from outside the business's premises.

Share tech news, updates, or what's on your mind.

Sign up to Post

free remote software, Teemview now is charging,
any other reliable remote software that the experts recomend?
CompTIA Security+
LVL 12
CompTIA Security+

Learn the essential functions of CompTIA Security+, which establishes the core knowledge required of any cybersecurity role and leads professionals into intermediate-level cybersecurity jobs.

I can't get past 2nd Authentication on my Remote access server.  

Remote Access 2nd Authentication won't authenticate.  I am  using web access to allow a user to launch remote desktop to attach to their computer at work.  I have hosting all RD services on a single Hyper-V server running Server 2012.  I can login to RDWeb site a see my applications (Remote Desktop, Calc). I click on either app I get the remote app warning shown in Picture 1.P1.JPG.  When I click connected I am prompted to Authenticate again with the screen in picture 2 P2.JPG.  I can't get past this screen even with proper password.  I have tried various user/admin account still no go.  Why can't it authenticate?  The really sad part is I had it working yesterday with 1 authentication and have done this to myself.  I am not sure what I changed to cause this.  Thanks.
Hello, we have an RDS server with apps configured and specifically about 30 users using Outlook with their mailbox configured...

Now we want to add a second RDS server for load balancing, problem is, users are not competent enough to reconfigure their email, and its a big admin task for us.

Any ideas to help me make this new RDS painless for outlook users?
While working on my computer I am getting messages/pop-ups stating that console wants to remote in (see below):


Console asking to connect
I am using Windows 10 and am on a network.

What is this?
RDS server farm user profiles.

I have noticed up to 100+ separate user profiles for several users (user.000...user.101) on the rds servers user folder and believe these to be temporary folders which can all be purged. Can these be deleted and is this something I can stop happening through GPO?

I am running a trial 2016 RDS server, all was working okay this morning. I modified a domain GPO to try and lock down the users a bit and rebooted the RDS server. When the server came back up no user could log in any more. Not even the local administrator which makes me think it wasn't anything I did in the domain GPO.

I can only log in using the console on the ESXi host.

I see these errors in the System Event Log

The remote Desktop License Server cannot update the license attributes for the user .....

The license server ad RDS server are on the same machine. I checked to see if the RDS server was in the domain group Terminal Server License Servers and it wasn't (but all was working fine before). I added it anyway and rebooted the RDS server but no change.

Does anyone have any ideas?

Thank you.

Hello Community Members

I am looking for a software that can record My time doing a job BUT can time in parts so MAYBE 30 minutes here and 45 minutes there and so on...

The website is BidVine for "Logo Design" that am doing for business's and companies

Got Windows 10 Home Edition Lenovo Computer

All help VALUED and APPRECIATED with your time and advice with My current enquiry

Best Always Paul M
Access 2016:

In a module called "basPublicVariables"  I create a variable:  "Public XYZ as Boolean"

Using a Form I assign a value to XYZ.

When I go to another form, that Variable has lost its value, or reverted to zero or etc.....

QUESTION: How do I preserve the value of a Variable from one form to the next?
Seeing sporadic attempts at different intervals on users passwords but Event 4740 - Caller Computer Name is blank or labeled with MSTSC.  Need to find out which pc is being targeted or where it's coming from.  

What I know is;
MSTSC is not a PC name in our network, it is however the command for Remote Desktop but not a pc name.
There are three types of usernames the attack is targeting.  Some of the attempts are on defaulted AD users; administrator and backupuser
Other attempts are on non defaulted AD users like ITtech, itsupport, etc.
Only one non IT or defaulted AD user name is appearing in the lockouts which I'm tracking down to see where this person was and what device they are using.

My environment is I have a few PC's exposed to the internet for RDP sessions.  I've changed all the defaulted RDP port to a custom port along with port forwarding to match the connection i.e. for pc1, :5002 for pc2 etc.  I know its a very bad setup but we are moving away from it very soon.  I believe these attacks are coming from these edge devices but I can't find a way to correlate the info I have to the device being used for the attacks.  If I can find the device I can try to apply another security around it to buy some time, and frankly I would like to know why the caller computer name is blank or saying mstsc for my own information.  At the minimal I Just need to find which entry point the attack is coming from.

Any suggestions?
We currently have about 100 in our RDS (Windows 2012 R2) environment. We're expecting to grow to 500 in the next 6 months. We're running into issues where users run multiple programs and/or browsers which weighs on the hosts. We'd like to quota (processor and) memory usage on a per-user/session basis.

Why Diversity in Tech Matters
LVL 12
Why Diversity in Tech Matters

Kesha Williams, certified professional and software developer, explores the imbalance of diversity in the world of technology -- especially when it comes to hiring women. She showcases ways she's making a difference through the Colors of STEM program.

I'm running into authentication issues when trying to use the mmc from my domain laptop to remotely connect to a Windows Embedded PC that is in a Workgroup.  I am able to use the net use command to access the remote IPC$

PS C:\> net use \\\IPC$ /user:administrator
Local name
Remote name       \\\IPC$
Resource type     IPC
Status            OK
# Opens           0
# Connections     1
The command completed successfully.

Open in new window

However, when I try to launch Computer Management from the command line, I receive an Event Viewer window, saying "Access is denied(5)":
compmgmt.msc /computer=

Open in new window

I also used mmc to load the computer management snap-in to remote host  I then saved the session to the Desktop.  I then ran the program as a different user (Shift+Right-click), but was still unable to connect using the admin credentials.

If I am unable to get this working, is WinRM still a viable alternative, or has that been replaced with a newer tool?

Thank you


We have a Windows 2012 RDS environment which has user profile disks setup on a file server hidden share and roams user profile data in there - please see the attached.  

For some reason, when I login as a user who belongs to the user group which is supposed to have access in the collection session, I am not seeing the profile disk is being created in that hidden share being specified in that location.  Instead, the user profile is created in c:\users on the RDS host.  

The hidden share also shows other many profile disks are successfully created.  

Please advise where I should start troubleshoot.  

Having issues with slow RDS farm, all servers are 2016 and up to date.

The RD Web access is very slow, connecting to the servers directly over RDP is quick.
Internal/Local connection to the RDS farm through RDWEB is quick, only users connecting from outside the network have the slowness issues.
Ticking the bypass RD gateway on local connections is enabled, when this checkbox is unchecked the local users also experience the same issue.

The client computers are a mix between Windows 7 pro and Windows 10 pro machines.
Remote users connect over a VPN.
Using a self signed certificate because we don't want to publish the servers to the internet.

Thank you for your time
How do I get list of members of Local Administrators group of computers

thing is that for every machine i have like 4 or 5 administrator users and i cant test one by one.

Im using PSEXEC to registry first the admin and then use psexec

psexec.exe \\MACHINENAME -i notepad
cmdkey.exe /delete:MACHINENAME

But in ceratin machines, i dont know local administrator for use comman mentionede above, so i cant use psexec correctly
any tips for getting local administrator users on a remote machine
Need assistance understanding getting my RDS deployment certified.  I have created on Collection on one server (only needed to run excel 64-bit) and I am not sure how to get the certificates on the box under the deployment part of RDS.  We have a CA on-prem and I am really really unsure how to correctly get the whole thinking working so users don't get warnings everything they try to rdp to the app.  The Remote app is working fine put they have to except the warning from an untrusted published app and then they click ok and then have to sign in with windows account and the app opens.  PKI is a whole animal in its own and I am so confused when trying to research it.  I just need clear steps on how to do it, either I find steps that make no sense to be or steps are missing.  Any help would be greatly appreciated, I just need to know where to submit a request and how to import back or however it goes.

Dear Experts,

We currently use an RDS environment with a Remote Desktop Gateway, and a Seperate Connection broker and 2 Terminal servers.
For the load balancing we use User Profile Disk to roam the user profiles between the 2 terminal servers.
We flat redirect the Contacts, Desktop, Documents, Downloads, Links, Music, and pictures to a fileserver.
For the Roaming user profile data and the User registry data we use the User Profile Disks. (see attachment ISSUE---UPD-setting-on-Gateway.JPG)

When a user logs on to one of the two terminal servers everything goes well and the user profile disks mounts and settings are saved. for example the background. outlook read panel position. signatures in outlook.

But there are also some settings which arent saved. for example the quick access ribbon in Word. in the left top corner in word you can make quick access to the functions in word, excel or powerpoint.
The problem is everytime a user logs off and on. these quick access icons dissapear. (See Attachment ISSUE---Word-Settings.JPG)
I thought this would be saved in the user profile disk. i was really sure of it.
Still some other settings doesnt seem to work correctly. for example specific settings in acrobat reader. for example the checkbox "dont ask again" in the license agreement pane everytime you start adobe acrobat.

Really anoying.. what is saved and what is not? anyone else experience this issue?

Any ideas?
We setup an RDS Server for a group of bookkeepers to work in a central environment.   It's been up and running for about a year and 1/2 and working well for them.  For the last month or so banking sites with 2fa have been giving them issues where they don't remember their hardware IDs and prompt for the 2fa again.   When this happens, they need to get in touch with the client to get the security code to access the site again to reconcile etc - day to day operations for them are becoming painful.    It seems to be related to the RDS server,  when they access the same site from one of their workstations the site will remember the PC and not prompt for the 2fa.   Is there a property of RDS that resets this and creates the issue, I haven't been able to pin it down.

Hardware is a dedicated Dell Server in a data center.  Static IP -  It's running Hyper-V (Server 16) and has a VM for DC / DNS / File Shares and a VM for the RDS services.
I have a 92 year old mother who lives a short distance away and who is finding it harder and harder to handle technology. Therefore I am looking for a way to assist her remotely and it occurred to me that I may be able to set up a PC as an entertainment hub with remote access. The concept I had in mind is summed up as follows but I don't know how difficult or feasible it is so I am after comment:
1. Use her standard TV (now a 42 inch Panasonic plasma) as a monitor connected to a PC via HDMI 1
2. She needs to be able to play DVD's so a PC with a built in or external DVD should handle that. All I need to do is find a player that will instantly jump into full screen mode
3. She needs to be able to watch TV but she could do that either via the native TV tuner, or preferably through HDMI 1 using a TV tuner in the PC
4. When the PC boots it need to jump straight to TV but I think that could be done by loading the TV tuner software launcher in the Start folder - does that feasible?
5. It would be really handy if there was some software I could get that would enable me to create programmed recordings of TV shows but I would hope that the tuner may even come with such software
6 I would like to be able to control the process remotely but I think I could do that effectively with Teamviewer Free for personal use
7.The second most difficult challenge would be to enable her to have access to Italian TV without having to navigate multiple menus. There are providers of boxes that …
We have a Windows 2012 R2 RDS deployment:
1. RDS Session Broker/Gateway Server
2. 4 RDS Session Host servers (01,02,03 and 04)

Here is the problem:
1. Log with a test account and my session gets redirected to host 01
2. Log off the test user
3. Change host 01 to NOT allow new connections
4. Log back in with test user
5. Get an error indicated that the server is not enabled for remote logins
6. Looking at the logs, my session is still being redirected to host 01(which is currently disabled for logins by design)
7. If I wait about 10 minutes, it seems the session token will timeout and I can then log back in with the test user.
8.  If I re-enable logins to 01 during that 10 minutes, I can log in but will continue to be redirected to host 01

Anyone seen this behavior? Any help is appreciated.
Microsoft Azure 2017
LVL 12
Microsoft Azure 2017

Azure has a changed a lot since it was originally introduce by adding new services and features. Do you know everything you need to about Azure? This course will teach you about the Azure App Service, monitoring and application insights, DevOps, and Team Services.

Cannot RDP into another computer on the domain. I have tried the name, and the IP.

The computer has the domain firewall off. I have turned on remote , with allow connections from computer running any version of RDP.

The computer is running Webroot. I do not have access to the management console so I cannot turn it off. However, another computer that has Webroot turn on I can remote in fine. The webroot configurations are the same.

I can ping the computer.

Running Windows 7

Any idea why RDP is not working? I am currently using Teamviewer to connect in.
2 Xerox 7830 printers keep re-appearing when removed from a 2012 server.

they have been removed from the print server and there is NO GPO that is re-deploying them

does anyone have any other ideas why they would keep being re-installed

setup is as follows

1 DC
1 file server ( with print server installed)
multiple workstations

whenever the 7830 is removed from any device within maybe 2 minutes it will automatically be reinstalled even though it does not actual exist anymore.
I am asking for recommendation on MSP and/or RMM platforms solutions or software--please provide your recommendations based on your personal experience and why you recommend it over any others--thanks.
We have deployed On-premises MFA server in the customer RDS environment.
The two factor is working perfectly when login in to the MFA user portal or using RDP icon downloaded from the rdweb site. But MAC users and Windows 10 users with the new Remote desktop APP are prompt twice for two factor. I suppose it’s because it connects to the RD Gateway in a different way than mstsc does.
I have tried to activate caching rules in the Azure portal. But I’m not sure if this will have any effect since we have installed the MFA server locally. Anyway, this have no effect on the issue.
We first tested with Duo two factor and also with this software users on Mac and Windows 10 app where prompt twice for the two factor.
Please advise.
We have almost reached the max of our User CAL licenses for our MS 2012 Remote Desktop farm. I thought i was told that this is something we need to not breach, but you will not be hindered to use the RDS farm if you go over User CAL licenses. We had an issue last night that appears to be related to User CAL licenses unavailable.

If you go over User CAL licenses, will that stop the ability to use the RDS farm, or is that not true - and you just have to ensure to stay on the good side of MS every year?
Hi all

Need some advice how others would do it:

I have a Remote Desktop Server 2012 R2 for users external access. When they are on site, they use their Deskcomputer. They already have roaming profiles on their local computer.

Users want to have their links on the Terminalserver as well as on the local computer. A folder redirection for Documents etc would be possible, but what about the Users "Desktop"? What about Firefox and/or other browser settings? How you would, if even possible, manage this?


Remote Access





Remote access may refer to the connection to a data-processing system from a remote location, for example through a virtual private network remote desktop software, terminal emulation, or the activation of features of a business telephone system from outside the business's premises.