I can't seem to get a remote session started from my pc to a Windows 2003 server vm that is residing on a VMware ESXi server. I can connect with the VMware client software and I can remote out of the Windows server to another server but not into the server.

Any thoughts?

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Have you enabled Remote Desktop on the VM itself?

Start+PauseBreak > Remote > Check 'Allow users to remotely connect'


In general I always check:

  • Will the firewall allow my connection?
  • Is remote desktop allowed?
  • Is remote desktop configured to allow requesting client's remote desktop version?
  • Do I have the network enabled and configured on every dependent device? (This is actually overlooked sometimes..)
  • Do the windows license allow more than one concurrent session? If not; is no one else using the host at the moment?

I hope this helps.


I had to enable the RDP in Terminal Services Configuration and pick the Vmware virtual interface. I did get a prompt once I went to the adpaters tab that the the interfacoe had changed and I needed to select one.


I get this problem sometimes after windows updates.On Wednesday I will be able to RDP to the server, Thursday I won't.

I found that you have to go to "terminal services configuration\connections", right-click "rdp", then click on the "adapter" tab, switching it from "all network adapters" to a specified one, or vice versa works for me. You will have to reboot the server for the change to take place, sadly.

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