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Manage Windows Server 2003 computers remotely with a mouse click

If you administer several Windows Server 2003 or Windows Server 2000 machines, you should become familiar with the Remote Control Add-on for the Active Directory Users And Computers utility. Learn how to make the most of this add-on to manage your Windows Server 2003 network.

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For admins who have a huge workload that grows each day and the addition of more and more projects, having an arsenal of quick, little shortcuts can make a huge difference in productivity.

To help ease the way, Microsoft has made a lot of improvements to its management tools in Windows Server 2003. More important, it continues to improve the features of existing tools.

If you administer several Windows Server 2003 or Windows Server 2000 machines, or if you manage a WS2K3 network filled with Windows XP machines, you should definitely become familiar with the Remote Control Add-on for the Active Directory Users And Computers utility. You can download the Remote Control Add-on for Active Directory Users And Computers from Microsoft's Web site.

This add-on for the Active Directory Users And Computers utility features an option that allows you to open a Terminal Services connection to a target machine by right-clicking the computer and choosing Remote Control.

After downloading the add-on, make sure that you've installed the Remote Desktop Connection software on the system on which you want to install the add-on.

Any target machines must meet certain requirements:

  • Windows 2000 servers must have Terminal Services installed in Remote Administration mode.
  • Windows Server 2003 servers and Windows XP Professional desktops must have Remote Desktop enabled.

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