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I have a customized program that I need to run remotely (in order to use the computing power of my server). I have run into a problem in which this program doesn't seem to work when it isn't using the local console in Windows Server 2008. I found this out after trying to use it under RemoteApp. The developer of the program isn't willing to try to figure out how to fix it at all (note: it is a technical issue, not a licensing issue).

So my question is, is there any way to handle this or trick the program into thinking it is being used locally? I am willing to sacrifice the "nice" features of RemoteApp and am even willing to go so far as to say I will only have one person logged in at a time. The only requirement is I need to be remote and I can't use VNC.

Thanks for your help.

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Can you just use Windows RDC? – bobert5064 Jun 2 '11 at 23:39
@bobert5064 When I use Windows RDC it logs me into a non-local session (not sure of the proper terminology) and causes the program to not work. – Kellenjb Jun 2 '11 at 23:41
Oh, you're right, I hadn't thought of that not being considered a local session, sorry. Since the application is customized, do you have the source code? I don't have a lot of experience in this area, but have you tried to SSH into the machine and run it from there? – bobert5064 Jun 2 '11 at 23:45
May I ask why VNC is not an option? – Zoredache Jun 2 '11 at 23:47
@Zoredache Blocked on the network and I don't have the authority to do anything about it. :( – Kellenjb Jun 2 '11 at 23:49
up vote 3 down vote accepted

Try using the /admin switch with connecting via RDP from a recent RDP client.. It connects actually lets you view the console on Windows 2003 machines.

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