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Solved: Enabling Remote Desktop through Group Policy

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  1. wisdum

    wisdum Thread Starter

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    I am currently trying to find a way to enable remote desktop on our XP clients that are on the domain. The clients are well firewalled and there shouldn't be any security issues with that.

    Where i work, the employees want as little interaction with the IT staff as possible. Also, they all are in the habit of locking their offices and i dont have a key to get in them for maintenance. So my solution was to use remote desktop so i can access the computers during off-hours and they can still have their offices locked.

    I realize the easiest way to turn it on is to sit in front of the computer and manually enable it. This isn't a realistic option for the number of computers i need to enable. And, i already have a couple of group policies that are being applied to the clients.

    So, with GPO, is it possible to enable remote desktop? If so, how.

    Thanks everyone

    WisDum
     
  2. lotuseclat79

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    Hi WidDum,

    Welcome to TSG!

    Here are two methods:
    1) registry edit
    2) Group Policy

    1a) How to enable Remote Desktop remotely:
    http://ambition.cz/blogs/shaitan/archive/2004/05/10/218.aspx
    It happens that you need to enable Remote Desktop on remote machine sometimes.
    This is an easy way to do it. You can enable it in Group Policy too of course.
    reg add "\\machinename\hklm\system\currentcontrolset\control\terminal server" /f /v fDenyTSConnections /t REG_DWORD /d 0

    1b) Windows Server Hacks: Remotely Enable Remote Desktop
    http://www.windowsdevcenter.com/pub/a/windows/2004/05/04/serverhacks_remote.html

    2) Managing Remote Desktop (How to enable remote desktop by group policy)
    http://www.windowsdevcenter.com/pub/a/windows/2004/10/05/Remote_Desktop.html

    You might want to look at this (very reasonable paid tool for remote Admin): * Install applications simultaneously on remote networked computers
    Silkworm: http://www.rawware.com/Silkworm.htm (paid: min10hosts=$33)

    -- Tom
     
  3. wisdum

    wisdum Thread Starter

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    Tom

    Thanks for the information. I think i have everything i need to get it done! Thanks again!

    wisdum
     
  4. Couriant

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    How about GenControl, where you can also fix the computer while the other person is on the other end? Basically it's the same as Remote Control. No need to do Registry editing or group policy ethier. Also you would be able to see what the enduser sees so you know what the exact problem is :D
     
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