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I was trying to add an ip address to windows firewall for remote desktop connection but I don't know why now I can't access to server via rdp even from old ips. I have administrator user and password of the remote machine. Is there any way to connect again via rdp?

Server is Windows Server 2008 R2 Web Edition

Edit: Also I have another server on the same network which I can connect via rdp.

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If you can do remote registry, remote service console or psexec to the box you can shut down the windows firewall and / or update the rules to allow yourself back in. My preferred method is with psexec.

Assuming you can psexec the command should be:

psexec \\remotecomputername netsh firewall set service remoteadmin enable
psexec \\remotecomputername netsh firewall set service remotedesktop enable

EDIT - these are depreciated under Server 2008 but they should still work.

You also may want to execute this command from the other server on the same network.

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