Allowing Remote Control Without Showing An “Allow Access” Prompt

Sometimes, it is useful to be able to remote control a session on a Windows terminal server without having to have the user respond to a prompt asking whether or not it is alright to allow you to take over control of his or her session.  This is particularly true if you need to take over the console session as there often isn’t anyone standing at the console to respond to the prompt.

To allow this to happen you need to change the setting of a group policy.  The location and name of this policy varies depending on the version of Windows that you are running.  In all cases you have to begin by start the group policy editor (gpedit.msc).

Windows 2008 R2

  •  Expand Computer Configuration, Administrative Templates | Windows Components | Remote Desktop Services | Remote Desktop Session Host.
  • Click Connections.
  • Right click Set rules for remote control of Remote Desktop Services user sessions and select Edit.
  • Click the Enabled radio button and under Options select Full Control without user’s permission.
  • Click Apply.

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