Windows Server 2003 Remote Access

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Microsoft Windows Server 2003
Remote access
Windows Remote Agent
Windows Server Remote Access
Hi All, I have recently (today) been assigned to give a full technical overview of a new client site, This includes identifing all users that have remote access to all servers. (we are taking over from another IT company) How do I identify all users that have remote access to the servers? Thanks for your help! Shane

Software/Hardware used:
Server 2003 standard

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The Remote Desktop for Administration feature is actually installed by default in Windows Server 2003, but it is installed in a disabled status for security reasons. To enable the feature with a default Start menu configuration, perform the following steps:

  1. From the Control Panel, double-click the System icon.
  2. Choose the Remote tab.
  3. On the bottom of the screen, click the check box to Allow Users to Connect Remotely to your computer

To see users:

  1. Go to Administrative Tools > Terminal Services Configuration
  2. Choose Connection and in the right panel right click on RDP-tcp
  3. Select Properties and in the Permissions tab, see the users

OR you may type in command prompt
net sessions (this shows currently connected users)
NBTSTAT -a <remotecomputername> | FIND “<03>” | FIND /I /V “<remotecomputername>”

NOTE: You may also use NETSH and WMIC commands to find out remote users. WMIC requires WMI enabled remote computers and NETSH requires Windows XP on the remote computers.

Hope this may help you!


If access to shared folders has to be included in that report, the Sysinternals’ ShareEnum tool might help.



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  • Spadasoe
    IF this is active directory you should be able to look in some of the groups, such as domain admin, server manager, remote desktop users, backup operators. Also, if there is a GPO in place check the groups/users that are provided access through policy. As far as local policy on the servers, if you run gpedit on a server and look at computer config/windows settings/security settings/local policies/user right assignments and the "allow log on through terminal services you will see server specific policies. By default on server 2003 and 2008 this is set to administrators and remote desktop users. If you want to control this in the domain create a policy, restrict it to the group of users you want.
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  • carlosdl
    I reverted the answer to its previous version as the last portion added was unrelated to the original question. For reference, this is the link that was provided: How to configure Windows Server 2003 to display a message when users log on And this is the summary from that document: "You can configure Windows Server to display a message to users when they log on. You can use the message display functionality to personalize the logon process, provide news or information, and for other similar purposes. The message appears after the user presses CTRL+ALT+DEL and disappears after the user clicks OK. After the message disappears, the user can complete the logon process. "
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  • Subhendu Sen
    I think it is not necessary to remove from Answer Wiki, I have provided the same URL.... Always I am trying to provide more and more details with additional info for best understanding of our valuable members. Cause, we don't know what is the actual scenario. Just we guess and create a scenario in our mind according his / her information. So maximum reliable answers or nearby answers or references can solve his/her problems as early as possible. The portion I have added, that also I know it is not the exactly related to his query, but it is matched almost. So, same reference provided by another valuable member which is provided by another member in earlier stage, is it reasonable !
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  • carlosdl
    I got an e-mail from solwarwinds today, promoting a free tool that might be worth trying. It requires registration to download, but it's free. Permissions Analyzer for Active Directory
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