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I'm having a strange issue with Remote Desktop on a particular server running Windows Server 2003. It seems to connect fine but just when you would expect it to launch the window it goes back to the initial screen where you enter the computer name. I can connect to several other servers so its not a local issue. There are no messages in the event log that would give any clues.

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So before you get an opportunity to login? Do you get any errors? – JMK Jul 27 '12 at 11:22
Does it fail the first time, and the second time connect? – Dave Jul 27 '12 at 11:46
It returns to the rdp window and you never actually see a desktop? Or you see a desktop and then it drops back to the rdp? And you know the user and password are enabled for that particular machine, and the port is open through the firewall? – datatoo Jul 27 '12 at 13:57
@JMK Yes before I get a chance to log in, no errors – johnmcp Jul 27 '12 at 14:54
@Dave Rook No it fails every time – johnmcp Jul 27 '12 at 14:57

May be you should try teamviewer, a remote administration tool. Or Logmein app.

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Thanks but I prefer RDP – johnmcp Jul 27 '12 at 10:46

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