How to Log All Connections to Remote Desktop in Server 2003

by Bennett Gavrish
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With the Windows Server 2003 operating system, clients can establish two concurrent Remote Desktop sessions. As a system administrator, you have the option to track who logs in to your server through Remote Desktop by creating an audit policy. Then you can view the log of Remote Desktop activity through the Event Viewer tool. Only individuals with administrator privileges will have access to the Remote Desktop log.

Step 1

Log in to your PC server with an administrator account.

Step 2

Open the Start menu, go into the "Administrative Tools" section and click "Local Security Policy."

Step 3

Expand the "Local Policies" folder and highlight "Audit Policy."

Step 4

Double-click the item labeled "Audit logon events."

Step 5

Go to the "Local Security Setting" tab at the top of the window.

Step 6

Check the boxes next to "Success" and "Failure."

Press the "OK" button to save the settings. Now all Remote Desktop connections will be logged and can be accessed through the Event Viewer.


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About the Author

Bennett Gavrish is an I.T. professional who has been writing about computers, electronics and the Web since 2004. His work has appeared in the "Nashua Telegraph" and the "Daily Free Press" and on numerous websites. Gavrish received a bachelor's degree in journalism from Boston University.

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