Remote Desktop or RDP service is a free yet useful tool to remotely log on to remote computer and gain full access and privileges as if user is in front of local console. Remote Desktop is also known as Terminal Services. It’s useful if the server, or PC is located miles away in remote location, and frequent trip to the site to troubleshoot, configure or manage the system is not a viable option.
Although most versions of Windows operating system such as Windows 2000, 2003, 2008, XP and Vista does come packaged with Remote Desktop, however it’s disabled by default. Turning on and enabling the Remote Desktop via local console is easy, where Microsoft provides similar GUI (graphical user interface) in all editions of Windows (refer to guide on enable Remote Desktop in Vista ).
However, if an off-site server needs to be access via Remote Desktop Connection (RDC) client immediately, yet the Remote Desktop is not enabled on the server, then it will be a headache. Luckily it’s possible to remotely enable and turn of the Remote Desktop service on a remote PC or server by remotely editing its registry.
To remotely enable Remote Desktop on another computer, follow these steps:
- Login to the workstation with administrator credentials.
- Run Registry Editor (regedit) .
- Click on File menu.
- Select the Connect Network Registry in the pull down menu.
shutdown -m \\hostname -rReplace hostname with the actual computer name of the remote host.