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.

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I want to start a RDP session from command, but "nothing happens".
However, starting the GUI from command prompt is fine..

windows version

Does not work:
mstsc.exe /v:

Does not work - "nothing":
not a working
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Hello All,

How does one go about purchasing MS RDS CALs?

I've called several numbers and all I ever get is on hold.

Is there a website where I can purchase or start a support ticket to get this monumental feat accomplished?

How can I use RDP (MSTSC.EXE) to log on to server as if you are at the console? I am looking for a way to modify the .RDP so when I execute the remote desktop to a server, the login page is pulled up so i can type my credentials in or use a digipass (vasco) alternative. I also use HP RGS to get into servers and blades, but the version in my environment is buggy and needs to install a client ... but it does accomplish the type of login behavior I am looking for ... when it works. I know that the .rdp file can be modified with a text editor, but I have not had any luck with the settings I have.
RDSWeb Page shows no icons. It only shows Current folder: /

I have checked the icon cache folder but no folder exists. Rebooted several times and no luck. RDS Licenses are installed and when i login to rdweb i see a license is used.

I see this error but cant seem to resolve it

The Remote Desktop Connection Broker server could not enumerate the targets for the provider named NULL from the database.

Pooled virtual desktop collection name: NULL
Error: Logon to the database failed.
Servers: Windows Server 2008 R2 Standard SP1.
Clients: Windows 7 Pro SP1.

Last week, as soon as KB4103718 was installed on the clients, they couldn't connect to one of our servers (error is attached here). They could connect to the other one though.

I just looked on both servers and that KB is pending, wanting to install.

Why would the behavior be different on the two machines? I want to make the second one function with RDP like it always has. My only resolution so far is to go to each clinet machine and uninstall that KB, and then disable auto updates so it doesn't get installed again, but obviously that's not a real solution.
It started happenning yesterday, when I try to use Remote Desktop Connection to a server withing the company this message pops up (CredSSP) and it prohibits me to access it. I went to the link and read the cause but how can I solve it?
I am preparing to update our Citrix Farm and that includes moving away from Windows 2008 R2 and using Windows 2012 R2 for our Terminal Serves.  The Start menu and search features are different from Windows 2008 R2.

2008 R2
2012 R2
I discovered a round- about way to add the 'start' - 'programs' feature back in windows 2012 R2 ( )  But I have 2 questions today:  

Question1:  Is there a better way to add the start menu functionality back tahn what is listed in the website ( ?

Question2:  Is there a way to prevent the start screen from coming up,


..if you click on the 'windows-start' icon, located in the lower left-hand corner of the task bar?
I just see our users getting frustrated from clicking on that icon by mistake.
We are using server 2016 standard with remote desktop services. I have done a quick setup with sessions. I've created a private certificate and exported out the .cer to give to my users. On the server how do I make so when remote users are connecting to the server through remote desktop that if the client does not have private certificate I gave them deny access?
Good morning,

Since this morning we have been flooded with calls about Windows 10 RDP issue.
All Windows 10 users who have been updated to the Windows 10 April 2018 Update are experiencing remote desktop issues when connecting to a server.
Their saved passwords are not being passed on to the server and are now being prompted on the server to enter username and password.
This is only happening in Windows 10 clients. Windows 7 does not produce that error.

This is a huge problem ads our clients rely on RDP connections to work and they do not have access to the usernames and password.

Anybody having that issue? A solutions would be greatly appreciated.


P.S.  We have attempted to change the Credentials Delgations (forcing TERMSRV/*) on the client PCs but did not work.
We have not made any changes to our GPOs, however, today upon attempting to remote desktop to a few servers we are getting the following error:

An Authentication error has occurred.
The function requested is not supported.
Remote computer: <servername>
This could be due to CredSSP encryption oracle remediation

Is there a patch I need to install on my servers to fix?  Or is there a workaround for this message?
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I need a good two factor auth for microsoft remote desktop services.

we have two RDS deployments, both running server 2016 in HA mode.  There are VIPs in front of the public URL and then a VIP in front of the connection brokers.

I've been asked to find a good 2FA solution.

Can someone recommend something that they have used and is happy with?  


CD Burner does not show up ad a CD Drive when logged into my server via Remote Desktop. I need to be able to burn disc on my workstation but it just looks like a redirected folder. I can browse files in it but the medical record software does not recognize it as a CD Burner.
I have a Windows 2016 server(Domain Controller and Certification Authority).  I am running Hyper-V.  I have two virtual machines.  The first virtual machine is I have installed and configured Remote Access Server(setup for VPN only) role.  The second virtual machine I have installed the NPS (radius server).  I the needed certificates enrolled.
My goal is to have the Remote Access Server function as a VPN server.  I want to have a BRANCH office have the ability to:
1.      Connect to the VPN server
2.      Use Remote Desktop Connection to connect to a domain computer at the MAIN office.
Both offices have the Xycel VMG4325-B10A routers sitting on the edge of the network.  
Both offices have access to the Internet through the Xycel router.
I have VPN ports(UDP and TCP) on an ACL list and I have Port Forwarded.
When I set up the client for VPN I am using the FQDN name of the VPN server. I am unable to connect
I am missing something?  Asking for assistance.
Hi all,

I'm considering an Internal CA to facilitate a more secure VPN Remote Access for a handful of users who mainly work away from the office. They will need access to Exchange email and possibly some shares on a file server.

Can I publish CRL and Delta CRL to a web server which is NOT domain joined and resides in a DMZ or even a standalone Azure VM?

If it's possible any chance of some basic instructions or steps I would need to take to get the Issuing CA to talk to the Web server?

Alternatively, is SSTP enough with a public trusted cert?

Or is there a better way altogether?

Thanks for your time, as always, it's appreciated

We have an employee who left the company, and failed to return the company-owned laptop.  The former employee says over and over that she sent it back to us by UPS, although the UPS tracking number was never used.

Anyway, i have ESET Remote Administrator version 6 installed on that laptop (all company computers), which allows an amazing amount of remote control.  Basically, command line access, batch file processing, software package installs, etc.  We also have ammyy ( installed as a service, but didnt note down the ammyy id number (which never changes)

What is a simple way i can use eset remote administrator (essentially sending a batch file to be executed) to do something like:
1. get the ammyy id number sent back to me
2. get some kind of screen control (install something that accepts connections behind a nat firewall)
3. get its outside ip address (eset fails to report this, only reports the internal ip address)

Otherwise i'll just send commands to it so it constantly pops up stolen laptop blah blah... and i'll change all the local windows passwords i guess.
So my sonicwall 3600 went down. Sonicwall sent a replacement. I uploaded the saved configuration into the replacement and didn't notice any problems.

The next day, users say they can't access the VPN. After a half day talking to Sonicwall support, we figured out that users cannot access the VPN using their UPN as they used to on the old 3600 but can access it using their SAM.

L2TP / IPSEC with RADIUS (NPS) authentication. Funny thing is, the RADIUS server shows success (reasoncode 0) with both the UPN and SAM. Sonicwall's "Test" area in RADIUS shows Success when testing with UPN.

Thanks in advance!
I need upgrade an existing network and make it GLBA compliant
Currently, employees that work in the office, have the ability access their computers remotely with RDP/static ips/ customs rpd ports.
Remote employees use RDP to access virtual desktop guests hosted on desktop computers configured as Hyper-V servers.

I haven't provisioned a Terminal Server before and now understand the Terminal services is now called Remote desktop services(bah words)
I would like to provide a solution that will accommodate up to 50 remote users. I could continue to use desktops as Hyper-V servers or pursue deploying a RDS Server....
I'm concerned about licensing. The Cost of a server or servers to maintain redundancy, sufficient resources for optimal user experiences.  Increase security while minimizing vulnerability and complying with GLBA requirements.
I have reviewed 

And as I am typing this, I just noticed Multipoint Services which I will start to research once I submit

I'm hoping for a discussion, advice, some brainstorming so to say. Any feedback from others that may have already been down this path
Need to view existing installed rdp license numbers, migrate or share rdp licenses between 2 servers - orig rdp server losing connection to the domain. Person with access to MS licensing is no longer there and tried to get the info with no luck. organisation is effectively down.

I'm wondering if it's possible, without having an Exchange Server to do the following:

- I have one desktop computer.
- Have multiple users use Remote Desktop to connect (Do I need a server, or can this be done with a regular Desktop computer?)
- Then have each user open up an instance of Outlook.
- Finally have all users use a shared Task folder.

I appreciate anybody's time with this.
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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.
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
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.

    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.