Remote Server Administration


  • I have a Windows XP Pro machine and need to administor a couple of Windows 2008 servers in our building, just general active directory stuff. What should I use to get to the servers remotely on my desktop XP machine? I found Remote Server Administration tools for Windows Vista and Windows 7 but nothing for XP. So my question is what does everyone normally use to get to the servers?

    Thanks for your time!!!

    • Moved by Carey FrischMVP Thursday, February 23, 2012 4:13 PM Moved to more appropriate forum category (From:Windows XP Service Pack 3 (SP3))
    Wednesday, February 22, 2012 9:17 AM


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  • Hi


    you need to connect remotely from your XP PC to your 2008 servers?

    From XP machine - Start, Run:

    mstsc -v IP_address

    ( Check if remote desktop is enabled on the servers, and firewall don't block the traffic )

    Romeo Donca, Orange Romania (MCSE, MCTS, CCNA) Please Mark As Answer if my post solves your problem or Vote As Helpful if the post has been helpful for you.

    Wednesday, February 22, 2012 6:29 PM
  • If it's AD you don't actually need to RDP to the servers, yo just need to install the adminpak on your machine ( and run the console you need with the appropriate credentials of course (in this case dsa.msc)

    In a lot of ocasions and as best practice you will do your administration via remote consoles (mmc) and not by actually logging on to the servers

    Hope this helps,

    David :: Please remember to vote if the info helped you :: Please post back so everyone can benefit from the solution

    Thursday, February 23, 2012 11:03 AM
  • Hi,

    If you need to manage multiple servers, we suggest you using the Remote Desktop Connection Manager.

    RDCMan manages multiple remote desktop connections. It is useful for managing server labs where you need regular access to each machine such as automated check in systems and data centers. It is similar to the built-in MMC Remote Desktops snap-in, but more flexible.

    Download link:

    Your have posted a duplicate thread:

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    Friday, February 24, 2012 1:11 AM