Use remote control in System Center 2012
Configuration Manager to remotely administer, provide
assistance, or view any client computer in the hierarchy. You can
use remote control to troubleshoot hardware and software
configuration problems on client computers and to provide help desk
support when access to the user’s computer is required.
Configuration Manager supports the remote control of workgroup
computers and computers that are joined to an Active Directory
In addition, Configuration Manager lets you configure client
settings to run Windows Remote Desktop and Remote Assistance from
the Configuration Manager console.
|You cannot establish a Remote Assistance session from the
Configuration Manager console to a client computer in the following
- The client computer is in a workgroup.
- The computer running the Configuration
Manager console is running Windows XP Service Pack 3, but the host
computer is not running Windows XP Service Pack 3. For more
information, see your Windows Remote Assistance documentation.
You can start a remote control session from any device
collection in the Configuration Manager console, from the Windows
Command Prompt window, or from the Windows Start menu.
What’s New in Configuration Manager
The following items are new or have changed for remote
control since Configuration Manager 2007:
- Remote control now supports sending the
CTRL+ALT+DEL command to computers.
- You can apply different remote control
settings to collections of computers by using client settings.
- You can lock the keyboard and mouse of the
computer that is being administered during a remote control
- The copy and paste functionality between the
host computer and the computer that is being administered has been
- If the remote control network connection is
disconnected, the desktop of the computer that is being
administered will be locked.
- You can start the remote control viewer from
the Windows Start menu.
- Remote control client settings can
automatically configure the Windows Firewall on client computers to
allow remote control to operate.
- Remote control supports connecting to
computers with multiple monitors.
- A high visibility notification bar is visible
on client computers to inform the user that a remote control
session is active.
- By default, members of the local
Administrators group are granted the Remote Control permission as a
- The account name of the administrative user
who starts the remote control session is automatically displayed to
users during the remote control session. This display helps users
to verify who is connecting to their computer.
- If Kerberos authentication fails when you
make a remote control connection to a computer, you are prompted to
confirm that you want to continue before Configuration Manager
falls back to using the less secure authentication method of
- Only TCP port 2701 is required for remote
control packets; ports TCP 2702 and TCP 135 are no longer used.
- Responsiveness for low-bandwidth connections
supports the following improvements:
- Elimination of mouse trails by using single
mouse cursor design.
- Full support for Windows Aero.
- Elimination of mirror driver.