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How to use RDS Shadowing on Windows 2012 R2

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How to use RDS Shadowing on Windows 2012 R2

Postby chicagotech » Fri Jun 30, 2017 4:48 pm

The shadow UI is located in Server Manager under Remote Desktop Services / Collections.


You will have options to Disconnect, Send Message, Shadow, Log off.

You may also access shadowing from the command line:
Mstsc.exe [/shadow:sessionID [/v:Servername] [/u:[Username]] [/control] [/noConsentPrompt]]

/shadow:ID Starts shadow with the specified sessionID.

/v:servername If not specified, will use the current server as the default.

/u:username If not specified, the currently logged on user is used.

/control If not specified, will only view the session.

/noConsentPrompt Attempts to shadow without prompting the shadowee to grant permission.

By default, a shadowee must explicitly give permission to allow their session to be shadowed. To be able to shadow without permission, the administrator must intentionally override this with a group policy set to allow shadowing without user permission.

You’ll find the shadow group policies in the following path (gpedit.msc):

[<Computer Configuration> |<User Configuration>

\Administrative Templates\Windows Components\Remote Desktop Services

\Remote Desktop Session Host\Connections

\Set rules for remote control of Remote Desktop Services user sessions
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