How to Log All Logon Attempts to a Remote Desktop

Microsoft Windows comes with a program called Remote Desktop that allows users to log in to a Windows system running Terminal Services and control the computer as though they were physically sitting at it. When a Remote Desktop client contacts a Terminal Services server, a log will be generated to describe the event. You will need to enable the Terminal Services Session Directory logging service to make this connection.

Things You'll Need

  • Windows Server 2003
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    • 1

      Click "Start," "Administrative Tools," "Terminal Services Manager."

    • 2

      Click the "+" icon next to "Configuration."

    • 3

      Click "Events."

    • 4

      In the right-hand pane, select "ALL" under "Logging."

    • 5

      Click "Browse" and choose a location to save your log file in. Events will also be logged to the Windows Event Log.

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