Remotely Accessing the SQL Server Desktop
How can I get direct access to my SQL Server's desktop, not a terminal services session? Do I need to purchase a third party product or is a tool available with Windows or SQL Server? I know I should not need access to my SQL Server like this on a regular basis because I can manage my enterprise of SQL Servers via Management Studio or Enterprise Manager. However, I want to find out if an option is available to keep in my back pocket in case a pop-up is on the desktop or I need to check to see if something unexpected has occurred on the SQL Server.
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Luckily, the Remote Desktop application has a '/console' switch that can be enabled when it is started when executed from DOS. This switch can give you direct access to the console as opposed to a terminal session.
Third Party Tools
Additional, remote access tools include:
- Ultra VNC
- Symantec pcAnywhere
- If you have another favorite, remote access tool, please send us an email to email@example.com to update this tip.
Some of these tools have some bells and whistles when it comes to encryption support, 32 bit and 64 bit compatibilities, improved video drivers, enhanced file transfer, etc. Check them out to see if they will meet your needs.
- Although getting direct access to the SQL Server console should not be a regular habit, knowing about the Remote Desktop /console switch can save significant time when needing to troubleshoot an issue.
- Remote Desktop has also recently sent out an updated version of the Remote Desktop application that can be directly downloaded from the Windows Update as an optional download.
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Last Updated: 2007-03-05
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