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    Windows 2000 Domain Controller
    Terminal Services installed in Remote Administration mode.

    I have another 2 member servers that i am able to connect to from the house no problem.

    I can ping the server using hostname and IP, i can browse to the server using UNC paths and i can access network shares ok. DNS is causing no problems, WINS has failed to replicate with its partner but i can't see that causing a problem (could be wrong though).

    The problem

    I cannot connect to my domain controller via terminal services.

    I am using Remote Desktop Connection 5.1 (XP Default i think)

    I have uninstalled and re-installed Terminal Services.

    The RDP-TCP connection is not enabled and when i reset it it stays disabled. I have deleted and re-created a new connection with exactly the same outcome.

    On browsing the registry i noticed that the terminal services keys on two servers are way from being similar. There is no RDP-TCP key under the HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\
    Control\Terminal Server\WinStations\

    Can i export this key safely from one server to another??

    Would it be worthwhile deleting the Terminal Services Key completely, after un-installing TS and let setup repair it??

    I've been at this for days no and its starting to iritate me.

    Thanks for your help.


    I forgot to add i cannot telnet to the server using port 3389

  • #2
    Is there anything in the event log? What service pack you got installed?
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    • #3
      Nothing in Event Viewer

      Patched up to SP4


      • #4

        I didnt had this problem but I guess that you can install the TS in Admin mode and import the missing keys, reboot the server and check that everything works.
        Its recommanded to backup the servers before this test.
        Best Regards,

        Yuval Sinay

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        • #5
          Servers are in the process of backing up as we speak.


          • #6
            Ok folks i managed to get the server running this morning using the following method:-

            1. Backup server fully.
            2. Un-install Terminal Server.
            3. Reboot server.
            4. Delete registry key for terminal server.
            5. Reboot server
            6. Import key from another machine. On checking the keys on all servers seem to exactly the same.
            7. Reboot server.
            8. Reinstall TS.
            9. Reboot server.
            10. Test, test, test.

            Please note that i tested all this in a virtual machine first.


            • #7

              Good work
              Best Regards,

              Yuval Sinay

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              • #8
                Re: TS

                Originally posted by yuval14
                Good work
                Cheers m8