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I have been thinking (dangerous on a Monday morning) and I am wondering if there is anyway you can ...
14th March 2011, 11:41 AM #1
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Managing a pc without disrupting user log in
I have been thinking (dangerous on a Monday morning) and I am wondering if there is anyway you can remote onto a user's pc without actually taking over the session?
I would like to be able to make basic changes such as set power options, change screen saver settings and the like without interfering with their session.
Would it be a case of updating a registery entry, or gaining access via the folders or such? (ie \\pcname\c$\whateverchangemade or am I thinking the impossible?
If it was to happen, no doubt I would have to reboot the machine for the change to take place? This is what I am hoping to avoid.
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14th March 2011, 11:57 AM #2
If you enabled Remote Desktop on the PC, you should be able to have two concurrent sessions - one remote and one local. That would do it.
14th March 2011, 12:00 PM #3
From your own computer management screen i.e. right click computer and choose manage, you can connect to a remote computer.
From registry editor you can connect / load a remote registry too.
Not sure if that gives you access to the things you want though.
You can also like you said, connect with the hidden $ share.
Some of the settings you want to make are on a user's profile so you'd have to be them to do it.
I think you are better off looking at using Group Policy to push these sorts of settings, or are you intending to make user specific customisations..?
14th March 2011, 12:02 PM #4
I don't think that's possible. Certainly not without lots of hacking. It used to work on one flavor of windows but i'm pretty sure it's not there now.
Originally Posted by 3s-gtech
14th March 2011, 12:03 PM #5
or if you use VNC, just choose listening session instead of Interactive this way you'll only be able to see whats on the users screen = but you wouldn't actually be able to make any changes.
14th March 2011, 12:04 PM #6
Vikpaw - yeah it's possible on XP, depends what OS they're on.
14th March 2011, 12:08 PM #7
I was under the impression that remote desktop connection on anything other than a server OS (so Win7 or XP etc) would log the current user off (or take over the session) when connected to remotely. I thought client OS's could only ever have one session.
14th March 2011, 12:18 PM #8
May be just on the one PC I have at home then
Remote management through AD U&C it is then!
14th March 2011, 12:20 PM #9
you could establish what registry settings would make the said changes and either
1. Use group policy to make these changes
2. Have a startup script that ran the regedit changes in silent mode
14th March 2011, 12:22 PM #10
Originally Posted by mac_shinobi
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14th March 2011, 12:44 PM #11
Which sort of defeats the purpose if you read what the OP is actually trying to do.
Originally Posted by cpjitservices
14th March 2011, 12:58 PM #12
I thought you had to hack termsrv.dll to enable concurrent remote desktop connections on Windows client OSs?
14th March 2011, 08:42 PM #13
How about using psexec to bring up a remote command shell (psexec \\RemoteIP cmd) then do what you need to do from the command line?
14th March 2011, 10:32 PM #14
Originally Posted by 3s-gtech
Originally Posted by Hightower
That's what prompted my initial comment. I remember trying to hack windows XP, as it only ever did multiple in Windows 2000. For the hack, there's a caveat if in AD environment, that needs registry hacked.
Originally Posted by Arthur
I presume similar is needed for windows 7 now, as we use switch user remotely, but it still locks the machine for the end user, until we log out.
I like the PS Tools suite, this is a good idea. I've never run a remote command line, i thought that once run, it still tries to execute commands locally. I've only every racked up a list of psexec to run a list of commands remotely.
Originally Posted by Ignatius
We used to use PSKill to stop kids playing games in IT lessons.
I think group policy seems the way to do things properly, and also it's easier to manage, else when you need to go and make more changes, you'll have to remote in to each machine again.
14th March 2011, 10:45 PM #15
There is a way to have multiple remote desktops on Windows 7, but in doing so you breach the license for Windows 7 as it's licensed for a single user only.
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