Oct 28, 2010

How To Enable Remote Desktop Remotely

I was stumbling around the Internet today when I came across a post written by my buddy Karl over at AskTheAdmin.com. This article didn’t come from his blog though, it came from the IT Knowledge Exchange. Still, I thought this post was really useful, so I thought I would share it with you here.

His post showed you how to enable Remote Desktop (RDP) remotely using the remote registry feature in Windows. Now I have checked, and this method works on Windows 2003 Server all the way up to Windows 2008 R2. The only thing you may have to make sure you have working though is the remote registry service on the target machine.

Here is how you do it:

  • First log on to another machine on your network.
  • Open Regedit
  • Click File –> Connect network registry.
  • Type in the servers name or IP address.
  • Click OK
  • Browse to the Hot Key Local Machine hive on the server in questions registry
  • Locate the following key: HKLM\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Terminal Server
  • Click on it to show its keys.
  • Look through the keys for the REG_DWORD value called fDenyTSConnection.
  • Double-click on the value.
  • Edit the DWORD Value box and change the value data from 1 (Remote Desktop disabled) to 0 (Remote Desktop is enabled).
  • We need to restart the remote machine using the command line. Launch CMD and type in this command: shutdown -m \\servername -r -t 00

remote-rdpOnce the server reboots, you should now have RDP access! Pretty cool right?

Via [Karl Gechlik and It Knowlege Exchange]

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