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By cpu3000 ·
Hi,
Is there away to remote login & controlling Pc as an administrator without disconnecting the console user as it happend when using windows remote desktop?
Note: OS is XP Pro & the network is workgroup without domain also there is no server, just router & switches.
Thanks in advance

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by omarhib In reply to Remote login

As far as i know the answer is no... if you connect to another PC using RD the User on that PC will be logged off...

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Thank you

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by XT John In reply to Remote login

We use the program VNC to do just that. It wil lalso allow you to take control of the remote computer, while the user watches what you're doing. The latest version we've been using, ultra vnc (http://ultravnc.sourceforge.net/), will also permit copy and paste functions between the remote session and the controlling session.

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by cpu3000 In reply to

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Thank you, Please read my comment.

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by cpu3000 In reply to Remote login

Thank you all,
but I don't want to take control from the user, what I need to do is leaving the console user work normally while the administrator is working remotely.
In other words I need one console user and one remote user to be log in & working at the same time (None of them interrupting the other).

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by omarhib In reply to Remote login

i cant see any point of doing it, what is your purpose from it? if your purpose is remotely administering the machine then these two answers are the only solutions i know... may be there is other commercial software that i dont know about... but if you wanna use resources on that workstation why not just use the regular sharing techiques and the usual stuff...

Please explain more...

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by cpu3000 In reply to

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Dear omarhib@...,
I'm remotely administering the machines (23 workstations) at the company branch from the main branch via DSL & VPN which takes long time to perform my tasks and it's not logical to interrupt the employees at the branch long period while they are doing their job.

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by Dumphrey In reply to Remote login

XP Pro is considered a single-user os. Microsoft added "fast-user switching" but that just backgrounds another users processes. As far as I know it is not posssible to have 2 active users on one XP machine without a "remote assistance" scenario.

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by mrjay67 In reply to Remote login

The only other thing is to use MMC. You can type mmc at the run prompt and get microsoft management console(mmc). From here you can manually add the snapins you want to administer(i.e. local users and groups, device manager, services, group policy...etc.) When open goto console add/remove snapin -> On the next screen click the add button and select the snapin. You will have the option for local or remote pc. You will need to be logged in as a matching admin account or use "runas" to use an admin account on remote pc.

This should give you the ability to configure most things behind the scenes. If you need to add/configure software then this may not be the solution either. If its important enough they need to wait and let you fix it(although i understand your wanting to do it behind the scenes).

I know with win2000(server for sure) if you used mstsc it would usually create a seperate terminal service connection and not interupt the console connection. This option doesnt appear to exist the same with XP.

hth,
Jason

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