How to Shadow a Terminal Server Session Without Prompt for Approval

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This article describes how to shadow a Terminal Server session without a prompt for approval.


If you would like to shadow the Terminal Server console (session 0) in a Terminal Server session, and you do not want to be prompted for permission, set the local Group Policy on the server that is running Terminal Services.

To shadow other sessions, on the RDP-TCP Properties dialog box, on the Remote Control tab, click to clear the require users permission check box. This does not affect the console session.

To remote control the console with no prompt for approval:
  1. Open Group Policy Editor (Gpedit.msc) on the server that is running Terminal services.
  2. Under Computer Configuration, expand Administrative templates, expand Windows Components, and then click Terminal Services.
  3. Right-click Sets rules for remote control of Terminal Services user sessions, and then click Properties.
  4. Select the Enabled option.
  5. Under Options, click Full Control without user's permission.
  6. Click OK, and then quit Group Policy Editor.
To update the local policy immediately afterward, go to a command prompt and run the following command:
gpupdate /force
Now, if you establish a Remote Desktop session you can connect to the console and remote control it by going to a command prompt and using the following command:
Shadow 0
You should not be prompted on the console for permission. For additional information, click the article number below to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
186556 Terminal Server Commands: SHADOW


Article ID: 292190 - Last Review: December 3, 2007 - Revision: 7.4
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Standard Edition (32-bit x86)
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Enterprise Edition (32-bit x86)
  • Microsoft Windows Small Business Server 2003 Premium Edition
  • Microsoft Windows Small Business Server 2003 Standard Edition
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