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Enable Remote Desktop

Enable Remote Desktop

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Remote Desktop is one of the greatest features added to the Windows operating system.  It enables you to perform remote administration of servers from your desk or fix one of your kids computers from the couch.  Of course it's only great if it is enabled on the computer you are trying to access.  If you find yourself unable to connect to a remote computer because Remote Desktop has not been enabled you can enable it remotely by flipping a bit in the registry using regedt32. 

Here's how:

  1. Use regedt32 to open the registry of the remote computer.
  2. Navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Terminal Server
  3. Change fDenyTSConnections to 0x00 (0x01 disables).  If the key is not there create it.

To enable Remote Assitance set HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Terminal Server\fAllowToGetHelp to "1"

This is old news to most of us in IT.  I posted here because the information on the reg key is hard locate when you need it.  I was on-site at a customer yesterday and spent 30 minutes trying to locate this in the Microsoft Knowledgebase without finding it.

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  • "I was on-site at a customer yesterday and spent 30 minutes trying to locate this in the Microsoft Knowledgebase without finding it."

    That's the biggest problem with the KB these days. I find G**gle Groups a better bet for a quick answer...

  • there  is no such thing as fDenyTSConnections.

  • @Bill - Double check path you are looking at.   Ijust checked three of my computers and the key is there.  Also notice in the blog post it says " If the key is not there create it".  Good Luck.

  • It doesn work for me :( I created fAllowToGetHelp because I didn have it. But I have there also AllowRemoteRPC and it is 0X00

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