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I have a bit of a strange problem, magnified recently by my broadband dropouts. I wasn't sure whether to post this on SU or SF, so I thought I'd start here as more users would be likely to know what the problem is.

In short, when I try and connect to my server (Windows Server 2008) from my laptop running Windows 7, I can only connect if my remote account was previously logged out. If I'm still logged in I get the error message:

Windows cannot connect to the remote server.

No explanation or anything. If my IP address is the same, I don't have this problem. If I boot up Windows XP Mode and run XP's remote desktop connection it works just fine -- I think the difference there is it takes me to the remote server's logon screen. With Win 7 RDC you never see the logon screen, it asks you for credentials before entering full screen mode.

The real problem is that I'm having random broadband dropouts and my IP isn't static. If I logon via Win XP RDC, log out and then run Win 7 RDC then it works fine. I realize I can just use Win XP's RDC for now, but I don't really like keeping XP Mode open if I can help it.

Does anyone know a way around this problem? Maybe forcing Win 7 RDC to go to the logon screen, or changing some server-side settings to work around the IP address issue?

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First I would check the event log and see if the client talks to the server at all when you haven't opened a session with XP first, and if you see an event, what does it say? If you don't see an event then there might be an odd networking issue at play. (Sorry, this should not have been added as an answer at first..) –  Gomibushi May 10 '10 at 12:20
    
@Gomibushi: There's nothing in the event logs for RDC that I can see. There are a few for Winlogon: The Windows logon process has unexpectedly terminated.. I've never found the event log very helpful :-) –  Andy E May 10 '10 at 12:30

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