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    Enable two people to edit server settings simultaneously?

    Hi all,

    The other day i needed to reset a user account password but was unable to remote desktop into the server as another administrator was setting up a printer.

    Is there a was of allowing two people to perform different roles on the server at the same time?

    Im guessing a remote desktop piece of software wouldnt work as i would see what he is doing so im wondering if there is an active directory user and group editor that can be installed onto a admin machine.

    Thanks in advance.

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    I thought you could still get at least 2 admins to log on at once with 2008 R2.
    Try both of the following:

    Code:
    mstsc -v:servername
    Code:
    mstsc -admin -v:servername
    Have one use the first command line (which I assume you are both doing now) and have the other use the one with -admin in as this is the equivalent of the old -console switch. The other alternative is to install the admin tools to your workstation http://www.microsoft.com/download/en...s.aspx?id=7887

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    found out that there is a setting in the remote session host configuration ' restrict each user to a single session'

    I wonder if its possible to get three sessions going. It doesnt like it if they all use the same account at the mo.
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    Quote Originally Posted by fredted40x View Post
    an active directory user and group editor that can be installed onto a admin machine.
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    Quote Originally Posted by fredted40x View Post
    Is there a was of allowing two people to perform different roles on the server at the same time?
    As you have found out, to enable two administrators to work on a server simultaneously via remote desktop, you need to disable the "Restrict Remote Desktop Services users to a single Remote Desktop Services session" policy (on the server). Either through the Local Group Policy Editor (gpedit.msc)...

    Code:
    Computer Configuration  Administrative Templates  Windows Components  Remote Desktop Services  Remote Desktop Session Host  Connections
    or the registry...

    Code:
    Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00
    
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows NT\Terminal Services]
    "fSingleSessionPerUser"=dword:00000000
    Edit. Too slow.
    Last edited by Arthur; 11th September 2011 at 09:18 AM.

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    Another option would be to use the Set-ADAccountPassword PowerShell cmdlet from a client PC.

    Code:
    Set-ADAccountPassword -Identity JoeBloggs -Reset
    or

    Code:
    $newPassword = (Read-Host -Prompt "Provide New Password" -AsSecureString); Set-ADAccountPassword -Identity JoeBloggs -NewPassword $newPassword -Reset

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    Quote Originally Posted by Arthur View Post
    Another option would be to use the Set-ADAccountPassword PowerShell cmdlet from a client PC.

    Code:
    Set-ADAccountPassword -Identity JoeBloggs -Reset
    or

    Code:
    $newPassword = (Read-Host -Prompt "Provide New Password" -AsSecureString); Set-ADAccountPassword -Identity JoeBloggs -NewPassword $newPassword -Reset
    You're just showing off now

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