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Old 08-25-09, 03:46 PM
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Multiple users and Remote Desktop

I'm planning on building a HTPC at home for use as a BD player and media server. I'm considering making it my primary computer as well which means I need to be able to remote desktop in from work, etc. Is there any current Windows operating system that will allow you to remote desktop in but not kick the current user off (i.e. creating a separate session). I don't need to have two remote desktop sessions going at the same time, just to have the local user stay logged in.

Is this possible at all with any version of Windows?
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Re: Multiple users and Remote Desktop

you'll have to use Windows Server
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Re: Multiple users and Remote Desktop

So no way to do this in Windows 7 then, huh? Any idea how different Server 2008 R2 is from Windows 7?
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Re: Multiple users and Remote Desktop

Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7 are workstation. They do not have Terminal Server builtin. Windows 2000 Server and up has terminal Server builtin.
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Re: Multiple users and Remote Desktop

Originally Posted by zuffy View Post
Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7 are workstation. They do not have Terminal Server builtin. Windows 2000 Server and up has terminal Server builtin.
A quick search turned up some hacks that allow more then one terminal services connections on Vista.
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Re: Multiple users and Remote Desktop

Originally Posted by fumanstan View Post
A quick search turned up some hacks that allow more then one terminal services connections on Vista.
I found this for XP, but nothing for Vista so far:

http://www.mydigitallife.info/2008/0...in-windows-xp/

Glad there's ways around this limitation. Hopefully I can find something for Windows 7 once I start my build.
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Not too practical because if Microsoft release a hotfix or service pack that updates terminal server, that dll becomes useless. If you managed to get the cracked dll to work after the hotfix/SP, you are risking security holes afterward.
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Re: Multiple users and Remote Desktop

You can always run a vnc server and it does what you want. RealVnc is the default but there are more secure ones that are based on the same code.
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Re: Multiple users and Remote Desktop

Originally Posted by Jackslade View Post
You can always run a vnc server and it does what you want. RealVnc is the default but there are more secure ones that are based on the same code.
Actually VNC doesn't log you in as a separate user, it just lets you see the desktop right? If my wife is watching a movie or something I'd like to be able to login and do other things behind the scenes without forcing her to stop.
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Re: Multiple users and Remote Desktop

Originally Posted by Mordred View Post
I found this for XP, but nothing for Vista so far:

http://www.mydigitallife.info/2008/0...in-windows-xp/

Glad there's ways around this limitation. Hopefully I can find something for Windows 7 once I start my build.
This is what I found for Vista.

http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/remote-...windows-vista/
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Re: Multiple users and Remote Desktop

The XP hack has been around for years. I think it is safe to assume MS won't do anything to 'fix it'.
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Re: Multiple users and Remote Desktop

Originally Posted by nomaan View Post
The XP hack has been around for years. I think it is safe to assume MS won't do anything to 'fix it'.
When SP3 came out for XP, the .dll was updated, requiring a re-hack of it. It's possible MS may update the .dll again, requiring another re-hack.
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Re: Multiple users and Remote Desktop

Here's a patch for Windows 7:
http://www.missingremote.com/index.p...692&Itemid=232

Note that you need Windows 7 Professional or Ultimate Editions.

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