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When you use the Remote Desktop Client to access a computer that is running Microsoft Office Communicator 2007, you may find that your presence status is unexpectedly set to Away, and you cannot change the status either automatically or manually.
To resolve this issue, install the hotfix package that is described in the following Microsoft Knowledge Base article:
961552 Description of the Communicator 2007 hotfix rollup package: March 2009
Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in the Microsoft products that are listed in the "Applies to" section.