How to enable a local keyboard after an RDP connection

In an expert Q&A, Peter Wood explains how to enable a local keyboard active on a server after an RDP connection from another host.

How can I enable a local keyboard active on a server after a Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) connection from another host?
If you are using the Remote Desktop Protocol to remote control a workstation, then the local keyboard and screen will be disabled. If you need a local user to participate, try using Windows Remote Assistance rather than an RDP connection. Remote Assistance is a Windows feature that allows a user to resolve troubleshooting issues by temporarily controlling a remote computer over a network or the Internet.

If you are connecting to a Windows Server, then your RDP session will be a Terminal Services session, which allows users to access applications and data over a network. In this case, a local user can still log on for a local session (although they will be separate sessions).

This was last published in May 2009

Read more on Identity and access management products

Start the conversation

Send me notifications when other members comment.

Please create a username to comment.