Tech Tip: Enable remote desktop connections in Windows Server 2003

Follow these steps to enable remote desktop connections.

One of Windows 2000's useful features was the ability to install Terminal Services in Administrative mode, which provided two Terminal Services connections that admins could use for system administration without requiring a third-party client such as VNC or pcAnywhere.

Like Windows 2000, Windows Server 2003 includes remote administration capabilities. While still provided by Terminal Services, these capabilities are somewhat different.

To enable remote administration in Windows Server 2003, follow these steps:

  1. Go to Start | Control Panel | System, and select the Remote tab.
  2. In the Remote Desktop selection, select the Allow Users To Connect Remotely To Your Computer check box, and click OK.

To administer a server with Remote Desktop for Administration enabled, use the client provided with Windows XP or Windows Server 2003, which you can find by going to Start | All Programs | Accessories | Communications | Remote Desktop Connection. For other versions of Windows, install the Terminal Services Client Connection software.

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