Shadowing in Windows 2012 R2 without RDS Role installed

Simon St-DenisSysAdminLeave a Comment

If you have Remote Desktop Service role installed in your serveur, you may be looking a little bit too far.

Just go to your Server Manager Console. Wait to see Remote Desktop Services to appears, that click on “Collections” and look at the collections section. You will see all active or idle sessions within every Session Collection of servers you manage. Than, simply right click and choose Shadow…



Back to basic. You need to know the session ID that you want to control or shadow. To do this…


Once you have the session ID, you can use the switch
By default, Shadow will only run in “view” mode. To contrrol remote session, use the /Control swtich.

In both mode, remote session user will be asked whether he accept or denied your request.

RDS Shadowing Requesting View

If it’s not working, check your GPOs.

[<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

Set rules for remote control of Remove Desktop Services user sessions

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