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CRM is a Complex Technical World and I don’t know Everything

The Microsoft Dynamics CRM product is a complex solution and it dependent on an extensive use of the Microsoft stack. As a CRM partner I am regularly connecting to our client’s servers to install, customize or manage their installation. There are a lot of things I have learnt over the years about Windows Servers both through formal training, informal self taught activities, and by the school of hard knocks. But since I didn’t come up through the ranks to CRM via a network/infrastructure admin role I just discovered a trick that most people on the network side know.

Over the years when I have connected to a client’s server I have seen on occasion the following warning message. What I have always done is drop an email to the network admin and they have fixed. I presumed they went around and asked people if they were logged onto the server and to log off. Or had some other ‘sophisticated tool’ to solve the issue. Today, I discovered that there is a ‘hack’ that you can use and what they probably use to fix the issue.

mstsc /v: /f -admin
Replace with your server’s IP Address or server name. e.g.SERVER

Type in your administrator password.

This will then connect you to the Console Session on the server and allow you to remote control the machine again. Once in Click Start, point to All Programs, point to Administrative Tools, and then  click Terminal Services Manager. In the left hand column you should see your server name. Click on it once. Note the Users Tab in the right pane. You should see a list of users. You need to reset the two “Disconnected” users. You can do this by right clicking the disconnected user and selecting “Reset.” You should now be able to connect with RDP again after Start – Log Off. When logging in under this special Console session always kill the inactive sessions first, because if you get disconnected again you will have to connect your monitor, keyboard and mouse.

Only use this session to terminate the other two sessions and not for any other use.

More detailed technical information on these command lines:

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