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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.

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I wonder if there is a IP based KVM device available that I could use to access PCs remotely - something like HP iLO?

I have remote locations with regular PCs where I need to get to the console during boot - at times. I do not really need to manage power, or doing diagnostics - just simple KVM over IP.
I know that there are KVM switches etc - but I am looking for something simpler.

Something that I could send through the courier to the user, and the user plugs it to the PC, and to their network.
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I need to run a vbs script on a remote machine from WMI in a web service. The path of the vbs file on the remote machine is called

What I have so far.... (Remote Machine, Path on the remote machine, username, password)

Sub RunIt()
CreateProcess("REMOTEMACHINE", "C:\ShippingSystem\Wave\Wave.vbs", "DOMAIN\USERNAME", "password")
End Sub

Private Sub CreateProcess(ByVal strComputer As String, ByVal strProcess As String, ByVal UserName As String, ByVal Password As String)

Dim processBatch As ManagementClass = New ManagementClass("Win32_Process")
        Dim inParams As ManagementBaseObject = processBatch.GetMethodParameters("Create")
        Dim msc As ManagementScope

        inParams("CurrentDirectory") = Nothing
        inParams("CommandLine") = strProcess
        Dim co As ConnectionOptions = New ConnectionOptions()
        co.Username = UserName
        co.Password = Password

            If (strComputer = System.Environment.MachineName) Then
                msc = New System.Management.ManagementScope("\\" & strComputer & "\root\cimv2")
                msc = New System.Management.ManagementScope("\\" & strComputer & "\root\cimv2", co)
                'msc = New System.Management.ManagementScope("\\" & strComputer & "\root\cimv2", co)
            End If


            processBatch.Scope = msc

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End Sub
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Cannot connect to remote desktop.  Get an error that the server is 1 off, does not allow conections, or is not on network.  All untrue.  I can ping it and am actually working on it remotely using team viewer.  I have always been able to RDP in successfully, however, with no known reason, it seems to have stopped.  I confirmed listening port is 3389 in registry and also confirmed that no other program is using by issuing netstat command.  Restarted the RDP Services as well.  Turned off firewall and antivirus.

Has anyone had any experience with rolling out the HP Device Manager agents to any thin clients that do not have it installed?
Hey Guys,

My Active Directory server, ADFS01 is running into IP address conflict.  My AD server also has the role of Routing and Remote Access.  In DNS, I see a second ADFS01 entry with RAS IP address.  I deleted the one with RAS IP address.  And, it shows up again after few days.  Has anyone experience this problem?
We are looking at Migrating from 2008R2 to 2012R2 Remote Desktop server and profiles. My concern is that we are a very high productivity environment and need as little down time as possible.
Our setup is two physical servers. Both are HP ProLiant ML350p Gen8 Dual 6 core Xeon E5-2620. One server is our DC and is running Windows 2012R2. The other is a Remote Desktop server running 2008R2. Because of the memory limitations of Win2008, we would like to upgrade to 2012R2 (or 2016) so we can maximize the hardware we already have. We only have 14 Remote Desktop users so I think we can stay with the existing hardware and boost the RAM and get a significant performance gain.

My big question is how seamless is the migration process for the user profiles to move from 2008 to 2012?
Hello all,

We're looking for a solution that would give us the ability to monitor all employees that are working from a remote site.
We know that there are multiple ways to give users access to in office server files (VPN, RDP, etc.) but we would like to also be able to see if the users are "ACTUALLY working" when off site.
Ideally we'd like to monitor the following:

-How long user is "actually" working (not just logs that have when user logs in and out).
-What documents/items the user accesses during work and for how long.
-whether the user is just idle when accessing office network.
-granularity view all user actions logging into office network.

Is there a "Magic Bullet" solution for this or is this one of those "Use multiple existing options"  scenario where we'll have to use logs from various places (VPN logs, server logs, GPO, etc.) to gather the info about whether the employee actually does work from home?

Network consists of:
-Windows server 2012 (DC, DHCP, DNS, Storage)
-30 Client computers with windows 7. 8. 8.1 and 10
-TZ-500 Firewall
-2ea 48 PoE port managed Switch.

Any recommendation is greatly appreciated!
Looking forward to your responses.

Deploying new 2016 RDS farm

The following are in place

  • 1 Connection broker
  • 1 RDHS
  • We are not pushing remote apps or allowing outside RDS connections directly to the FARM. So RD Gateway and Web Access is not configured. RDS will be used internally only for now
  • Domain\users are added to the RDHS and Connection Broker's remote desktop group
  • A DNS record of with the IP address of the connection broker

When i tested with a standard user account, using the address, I log directly into the connection broker. I do not get directed to the RDHS. I'm not sure why it's not redirecting me

Am I supposed to have the DNS record point to the RDHS? I'm not sure what I am doing wrong

I have created a VM test lab that includes an AD domain controller and 8 member machines. These machines are running 2008r2 or Windows 7 pro.
Users from outside this lab environment can RDP into any of these machines and review applications or make changes to these applications.
Of course with RDP, only one user can access one machine at a time.  Ideally, I need to do the following;

  • Implement support that allows multiple users to remotely access the same windows machine concurrently.
  • Allow each user to make changes to an application while in their own session on the same machine and be warned if changes to that application have been made by another user connected to that same machine at the same time.
    A console is available where I (as the admin) can see current connection status to any of the 8 machines in the lab.

    Any information or guidance is appreciated.
    I’m using rdp for a Windows 2008 r2 and left mouse click is not working in some areas of some apps in Windows 2008 R2. It was working fine a week ago and suddenly stopped work. For example firefox all left mouse is working except when the pop up of download a file is triggered and you need to left click ok to download that left click not work you need to hit enter key to be accepted, or if you want to see the list of files are downloading you click on the place to go there and not work. In other applications that requires login the same when you enter user name and password and you need to click the button login not work left mouse click in that login button, the same you need to press the key enter to be able to work.

    Is strange because when you click in a place that you can’t left click the click action of the button appears like triggered, in other words, you see how the button is clicked because change of color but never triggers the action.

    What could be the problem?
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    Hello we have a Windows Server 2008 R2 and we use RDP to manage because the server is not in our location is a host rented. Now if login via RDP from just a PC computer works perfectly. However if we try to enter in an iOs application remotix not work say user name and password incorrect. We have on iOs other application called jump and works if we disable nla. The point is we want to use other applications and we can’t use because say user name and password incorrect and the user name and password is fine. In couldn’t the same application of microsoft rdp of iOs one time worked around 4 months ago nw the same is not working. What could be the problem?

    Thank yu

    I have a client that was told that Amazon Workspaces was a good solution to allowing their remote appraisers to access their data remotely.  I've been looking into it but I haven't found a good solution to what they're specifically looking for.  They only have 4 workstations in their office and one is the "server".  They're adding a fifth person but they're not sure if they need to add a fifth PC.  They use a third party appraisal application that stores data locally on the "server".  They would like to set the new user up using Amazon Workspaces and have that workspace access the data on their "server".  Is this possible or is there a better solution?  I was thinking that all the computers would need to be on the same network.  So then all of the computers would need to have their own Workspace on Amazon Workspaces so that they all of their workspaces on the same network.  How would you recommend another user is added with the ability for that user and all users to work remotely?  Thanks for your advice!
    Hi, This site has helped me out a few times in the past, so thought id post here!

    So, I need to deploy an RDP file to 12 different computers via a GPO.
    The credentials need to be dependant on the computer the RDP file is deployed to and the credentials need to be saved in the file.
    It has to be like this due to the way that our business and licencing of this software in particular works.

    There is also a logoff script that deletes said RDP file. Why? This is a shift based call centre, the user logs on to whichever computer is available, and their desktop follows them.
    If the user logs on to another computer and the RDP file which was generated from a different computer is still there, they will open it and kick the user out of another session. It becomes messy very quickly.

    I already have this working via a GPO and a logon script, however it can take forever to run!
    A user could be sitting there for sometimes up to 30 minutes before the RDP file will appear and they can start working.

    We also have a remote site that is part of the same domain, just extended across a VPN tunnel. The computers at the remote site seem to take much longer to run the script than the ones on the LAN, even though there is a secondary domain controller running at the remote site processing the same logon script and the RDP file itself is only Kb's.

    This is what i have in the Logon Script currently (minus sensitive info):

    @echo on

    Set res=0

    If …
    I have access desktop system application and running on my local machine   .where the access front (Desktop screens) and backed (Access Database ) is in same directory.
     Now I want to place the access database on the remotely server and desktop connect with this remotely access database .
     Is it possible to connect access Desktop system with access remotely database by create DNS same as we Normally do with web applications . I have no idea about this .Please share with your opinions and guide me if is it possible and how it will work or done ?.

    actually my main object of doing this is that i want to sync data from web application to access Desktop system.

    Thanks in Advance!
    I am trying to install Sonicwall SSL  VPN and the install fails with the following error.

    Starting to connect RDP...

    RDP ActiveX Control appears to be disabled or not installed.

    If it is disabled, goto 'Tools->Manage Addons...', and enable 'XTSAC Control'.Please wait while the Remote Desktop ActiveX Client loads ...

    Protected Mode WarningcloseDell SonicWALL Secure Remote Desktop Client has detected that Internet Explorer is running in Protected Mode. Security warning may popup during launching the client under Protected Mode. You can add the SSL VPN web address into the browser's trusted sites list to avoid this.
    Click 'Yes' to continue and 'No' to cancel launching the client.NoYes

    'XTSAC Control does not appear in the add ons
    A potential small accounting client called and asked about setting up the following scenario:

    They want to have their clients remote into a server, then log into Quickbooks to work on their own data. There might/would be multiple clients remoted into the server at any given time working on their own individual QB files. There are currently 10 clients, but that list would be fluid.

    The potential client currently has no server, so the whole thing would need to be set up from scratch. Are we talking about a Terminal Server running under hyper-v on a Server 2016 host? VPN or SSL VPN connections using a business class router? Licensing?

    Have never worked with Terminal Server/Remote Desktop Services, so am not familiar with all the bits and pieces needed to set this up..if it's possible.

    Once I identify all the necessary pieces, I can put together a quote for them.

    Would appreciate any and all pointers!

    Thank you!
    Hi Experts

    What is the Best Practice re IIS & RDS services?

    We have 2 VMs on a HyperV: DC + RDS (both WIndows 2016)
    Our CRM, ACT! from Sage,  is currently installed on the RDS but is only used internally.
    We need to install a IIS / Web Server to give remote access to ACT! via the web

    Can I use the RDS to install these additional components? My instinct is to build a new VM and install ACT! on that VM.

    What says you?

    Windows 2016 Standard. You used to be able to turn on "Logon locally" and add users. Not an option now, well it's there but cannot modify. Don't want to go to the expense of RDS CALs, for a single user, to access a single app. Planning on using an en expensive remote connection tool, is there a work around or idea anyone can share?
    I’m trying to setup OneDrive for Business to auto login when a new user logs into their computer.  The computers have Office 2016 Pro Plus installed already.  Office 365 already has the license assigned to them too.  I don’t want them to have to login, and then ‘set a path’ for a library to sync.
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    we have inherited a setup with a terminal server and a gateway, where the certificate is expired. We've deleted the old certificate and configured the new one.
    But still - the old one is presented.
    but why??

    We can see that the server is installed with Win2012R2 but it seems that the old terminal services gateway is configured, not the RDS gateway in Win2012.
    Hi - one of my clients suspects that one of their employees is sharing their contact and business data with potential competitors.
    This is a small 10 person company so there are no enterprise levels policies here , simply windows laptops running off a peer to peer network and some of the users teleworking at home or on the move.
    So I have been asked to observe the users movements on the laptop when possible. I have access to it remotely when needed but it’s usually with the user. I would like to have an ftp server installed on there so I can transfer files that may be deemed sensitive and see if they have been used in such a way outside of the business interest. A similar system that LogMeIn or teamviewer offer but more silent and free . Also a way to track browsing history remotely..


    Hi Guys,

    I've setup a VPN connection on a server (Windows Server 2012), but I am unable to establish a connection from external.
    Connecting internally to the local IP of the server works just fine ;-)

    The error I am receiving is:

    "The remote connection was denied, because the username and password combination you provided is not recognised, or the select authentication protocol is not permitted on the remote access server"

    When I try to Telnet into the server, I get an initial black green, then the connection has timed-out message

    Could this error relate to our router not allowing connections through from the internet, or is this error specific to username / password and authentication issues?

    Trying to connect externally, I am using Windows 10, but also tried from another external server with Windows 2016 Standard edition.
    I have an existing RD Gateway that is currently in production with four Session Collections. Three collections are full desktops and one is Remote Apps each with their respective individual session host servers.

    I created a new collection for Remote Apps with a new session host server, but I am getting the error “Your computer was unable to connect to the remote computer. Try to reconnect. If the problem continues, contact the owner of the remote computer or your network administrator”

    I have tried launching the remote app, both by adding the collection via web feed on my computer through work resources as well as through the RD Web page with the same results.

    The other four session collections are all working as expected. All servers are 2012 R2.

    I am replacing one of our Windows XP PCs with  Windows 7 - No issue there.  

    One of the functions of this PC is to allow one of our users to remote into it, via Windows RDP, and run ONLY ONE application, collect their data, and exit.
    > The user will be using the provided RDP license that comes with each Windows installation, meaning that there is no Terminal Services Server in place.

    I attempted a few solutions that I found on the Web, but ended up "locking up" the Windows XP OS so that NO ONE could login - Pretty neet trick if anyone is interested - BTW, is the reason that we moved to another PC  :(
    > So, being a bit more cautious, I am asking assistance from EE, as time is an issue.

    This PC has normal functions in the office, and this one user has a need to remote in via RDP, but in a secured manner - Thus the running of the only one application.
    > I attempted creating registry hack that pointed to the application as a new shell, but this "almost worked", it would not log off, thus when the user attempted to remote in again, she could not - I had to manually log in and end the session.
    > I attempted changing the Group Property and ended up 'brain deading/killing' the PC.

    I know there **must** be an easier way to do this.... Any ideas?

    Been trying to access a 2012 server thru remote desktop but not getting in so wanted to disable the firewall remotely.  Tried to also push vnc install onto server but keeps timing out.

    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.