Remote Desktop Disconnected, unable to connect Windows 2003 Server via RDP
I ran into this problem after doing a successful recovery of server which failed miserably. Was able to ping and RDP was enabled and listening on the right port number etc, but kept getting the error when trying to RDP into the 2003 server.
“The client could not connect to the remote computer. Remote connections might not be enabled or the computer might be too busy to accept new connections. It is also possible that network problems are preventing your connection.”
To resolve the problem make sure that the correct network adapter is bound to RDP-TCP connection. To do this, follow these steps:
1. On the server, logon to the server locally (not using Remote Desktop/Terminal Client).
2. Click Start, Run, type “tscc.msc /s” (without qutation marks and click OK.
3. In the Terminal Services Configuration snap-in double-click Connections, then RDP-Tcp in the right pane.
4. Click the Network Adapter tab, select the correct network adapter and click OK.
5. Make sure that you can establish an RDP connection to the server.
Alternative resolution steps.
Use these steps only if you can not perform local logon to the affected server.
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1. Start Registry Editor (Regedt32.exe).
2. Click File\Connect network Registry. Enter computer name or IP address and click OK. Firewalls between your computer and the affected server may prevent successfull connection. Remote Registry service should be running on the server.
3. Navigate to the following registry key (path may wrap):
4. Under this key are one or more keys for the globally unique identifiers (GUIDs) corresponding to the installed LAN connections. Each of these GUID keys has a Connection subkey. Open each of the GUID\Connection keys and look for the Name value. Choose the connection you want Terminal Services to use.
5. When you have found the GUID\Connection key that contains the Name setting that matches the name of your LAN connection, write down or otherwise note the GUID value.
6. Then navigate to the following key:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Terminal Server\lanatable. Using the GUID you noted in step 5 select subkey. Note it’s LanaId.
7. Navigate to the following value:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Terminal Server\WinStations\RDP-Tcp\LanAdapter. Change it’s data to the value you noted in step 6. If you want RDP to listen on all LAN adapters enter value of 0.