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Enable Remote Desktop Connections Remotely

Posted by William Diaz on February 1, 2012


Occasionally I encounter a workstation that I cannot connect to via Remote Desktop even though the computer is up and on the network. In Windows XP, you will encounter this as the following message: “Remote Desktop Disconnected. This computer can’t connect to the remote computer…”
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In Vista and later:
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Correcting this is often a simple matter of modifying a registry value. Connect to the remote registry of target computer and go to HKLM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Terminal Server. Locate fDenyTSConnections DWORD type and change the value to 0:
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Of course you will, at least, need to be a member of the Remote Desktop Users group to logon.

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