monitor screen

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Microsoft Windows XP
Windows Security
I want to monitor user screen without install any application on user pc The user pc windows xp sp2 with kaspersky 6 and member in AD win2K3

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Hello Mizomotaz,
you cannot do this if not by installing software.
Windows Remote Desktop will enable you to do this. It is under the Remote tab when opening computer properties. This is already part of the Windows OS.

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  • Pressler2904
    There is a program called Dameware which will **sort of** do this. You will not need to touch the target system (physically or virtually), but the program will install a small agent on the target system as a service upon connection(which can be auto-removed at disconnection or allowed to remain resident). The program can also be set to indicate a connection and/or request permission to connect to a remote system or operate in "stealth" mode (not what Dameware calls it) and be transparent to the target end user.
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  • Kevin Beaver
    How about a video camera? :-) I'm actually being serious....that's the only thing I can think of it you can't touch the user's system. Is there any reason you can't install software on the system in question...?
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  • Bobkberg
    To take KevinBeaver's answer (You provide good thought-provoking answers Kevin) and add to it, if you cannot touch the system software, how about putting in a video "Y" cable and monitoring the second monitor? That way, the user's head and such don't block the picture. If the system in question is a media-type pc, you might also connect the s-video output to a VCR in another room. One key point that has not been mentioned - which should be here - is WHY you wish to perform the capture? That is, will the end user of the system be aware of your observation? If this is part of an investigation where the user is suspect in some sort of misbehavior, then many of the possibilities, and the "rules of engagement" are very different from the case where the user may be part of, or well aware of some sort of testing or investigative effort which simply requires that there be a record of what has happened. If this is an investigation that may implicate the user in some fashion, then the ground rules are very different - and much more restrictive - than if the user is an innocent - participating or not. If the former case, you should also have HR and/or Legal advice and involvement. Assuming possible implication just for the sake of discussion, I have refused to get involved in some employee monitoring efforts without very clear guidelines and authorization from HR for the simple reason that I do not wish to become embroiled in any legal complications. Write back and let us know more about the circumstances, and you may well get more response than your initial question asked for - once we're aware of the nature of the problem. Bob
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  • Robert Stewart
    Why could you not monitor throught Remoted Desktop, which comes with XP?
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  • Cults14
    I agree with Bobkberg, it depends on why you want to monitor. If this is part of a disciplinary or (potentially) criminal investigation then you probably need to get HR and Legal involved. If it's not gone that far yet, you can look at a bunch of activity by mapping or connecting (via Start:Run) to the user's drive (assuming they have a $ share set up and there's no password-protected screensaver or firewall problem) If you want to see if they've installed non-standard software then look first in their Program Files folder (it's amazing how many programs don't uninstall properly), look in the PreFetch folder, look in Local Settings. If you want to look at Internet Activity, look in \Documents and settings\<username>\Local Settings\Temporary Internet Files\Content.IE and then in all the sub-folders. BTW, any folders in Temporary Internet Files beginning with "OLK" contain attachments that were once in Outlook emails but got stranded when the email closed or the application crashed. if you use something other than Internet Explorer (e.g. Firefox), find out where it stores its History. There are also several utilities out there for viewing Index.DAT files although you may not be able to access the 'active' ones for the logged-in user. You could also use something like Alien Registry Viewer to look at the registry on another PC. Also BTW, if you use Remote Desktop (assuming it's enabled and Firewall doesn't get in the way), I thought that when you logged onto another PC it automatically logged the current user off? Pressler2904 - like the sound of Dameware, must give this a try Best of luck
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  • carlosdl
    Just in case you are still looking for answers, similar to Dameware, there is a program called "Atelier web remote comander", you can download a free trial from the web. This program uses the administrative share that Windows put by default on de C drive to install a service without the user permission and without any notification to the user (it can be configured to ask for permission as well). Once connected, you can see the remote user screen as if you were in front of it. It is usually not detected by firewalls. One important thing to mention: You need administrative privileges on the remote machine to be able to connect and monitor the machine.
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