How to simulate a human-being logon on a PC?

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Drivers' started by cfman, Jul 16, 2006.

  1. cfman

    cfman Guest

    Hi all,

    I have a weird software, does not launch itself when it detects the presence
    of a MS Remote Desktop (RDP) connection.

    Call the remote PC at my office the SERVER, and the local PC at my home the
    CLIENT.

    Situation 1:

    I want to remotely luanch that wierd software on my SERVER via a RDP
    connection.

    The wierd software detects the ongoing RDP connection, it refused to luanch.

    Result: I have to drive a long way to my office to run it.

    Situation 2:

    Okay! Now let's fool around the wierd software a little bit.

    I set a timer on the SERVER, and set it to launch the wierd software after
    60 seconds.

    Then I close the RDP connection, and have a cup of coffee, and after
    sufficiently long time,

    I re-connect to my remote SERVER, expecting that the wierd software should
    be fooled and it should launch, because at the moment of its initilization,
    there is really no RDP connection at all.

    (Please note that if I first physically go to my office and launch the wierd
    software, and leave it open, and then I come back home to use it, that's
    perfectly okay. It works. The only problem lies in if I want to start it
    remotely from my home).

    Result: It failed. It didn't start. I still have to go to office and run it
    manually.

    Situation 3:

    After I used RDP, I drove to office, and logged in, and launch the weird
    software manually.

    Result: It runs.

    -----------------------------------

    In conclusion:

    The wierd software SUCCEEDS to luanch if: there is a human-being physically
    sitting in front of the computer, logged-in, and click on it and run it
    physically.

    The wierd software FAILS to launch if: the person used a RDP to connect to
    this PC, and he closed the RDP, but this PC is still logged out due to RDP
    connection, thus it detects this situation and refuses to launch(even if the
    RDP was already disconnected.)

    -----------------------------------

    So how can I set a timer using RDP, and then disconnect the RDP, and the
    timer software does the following:

    simulate a person physically takes control from RDP and login into the
    system, and launch the software manually,

    how can I do this?

    Thanks a lot!
     
    cfman, Jul 16, 2006
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  2. You might try installing the Windows Server 2003 Administration Tools
    Pack
    (http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/...15-c8f4-47ef-a1e4-a8dcbacff8e3&DisplayLang=en)
    and using the Remote Desktops MMC to connect to the console (there is a
    checkbox for this when you create a new connection). This would allow
    you to control the console as if you were sitting in front of the machine.

    -Matthew
     
    matthew breedlove, Jul 16, 2006
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  3. You might try installing the Windows Server 2003 Administration Tools
    Pack
    (http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/...15-c8f4-47ef-a1e4-a8dcbacff8e3&DisplayLang=en)
    and using the Remote Desktops MMC to connect to the console (there is a
    checkbox for this when you create a new connection). This would allow
    you to control the console as if you were sitting in front of the machine.

    -Matthew
     
    matthew breedlove, Jul 16, 2006
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  4. cfman

    cfman Guest

    This is very good thought! Thanks a lot!

    The only problem is that the remote SERVER PC is actually Windows XP Pro.

    I don't have a Windows 2003 server and I won't be able to buy one.

    Can the remote server PC with Windows XP Pro work?
     
    cfman, Jul 16, 2006
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  5. The Windows 2003 Admin Tools can be installed on XP, and the Remote
    Desktops MMC can be used to connect to XP machines.

    Unfortunately in your case, if you were connecting to XP Pro via RDP
    then you were connecting to the console already and this wouldn't change
    anything. My only other idea would be to install and connect using VNC
    and then start the app. My preferred server is TightVNC
    (http://www.tightvnc.com/).

    -Matthew
     
    matthew breedlove, Jul 16, 2006
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  6. If running this software remotely is a violation of its licence, you should
    not do it. If it is not, you should contact its vendor and have it fixed.

    As an interim solution, you can ensure that there is always an interactive
    session at the remote machine [this can be easily achieved with the
    automatic logon feature]. Then you just need to schedule the software in
    this interactive session as required.

    S
     
    Slava M. Usov, Jul 16, 2006
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  7. cfman

    cfman Guest

    Thanks a lot for the invaluable information.

    The headache is the VNC doesnot work along with RDP. If after a clean
    reboot, and after I used RDP once, it will block VNC forever until the next
    clean reboot.

    So let's come back to your original idea:

    Does the following senario work?

    1. I install the Windows 2003 Server admin tool on XP Pro PC; at this moment
    I use RDP to install it on my remote PC SERVER; and do a clean reboot.

    2. I shutdown RDP locally. And then use RDP MMC to connect to that remote PC
    server.

    Will this RDP MMC make the software on that PC SERVER think that there is a
    human-being physically using that computer?
     
    cfman, Jul 16, 2006
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  8. cfman

    cfman Guest


    Great idea. Thank you so much! But that's exactly what I was asking:

    How to do a "automatic logon"?

    I just need to use RDP set up a timer(and then I close my RDP connection),
    and then the timer will automatically logon that machine for me and then
    launch that software.

    How to do this?
     
    cfman, Jul 16, 2006
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  9. cfman

    Gary Chanson Guest

    Try UltraVNC. It doesn't have any problem co-existing with RDP on XP.
     
    Gary Chanson, Jul 17, 2006
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  10. What I said is not exactly what you are asking. Not even close, in fact. I
    said "ensure that there is always an interactive session". This can be done
    with the AutoAdminLogon feature of winlogon. This has nothing to do with
    "the timer will automatically logon".

    S
     
    Slava M. Usov, Jul 17, 2006
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  11. How to do a "automatic logon"?

    Google for AutoAdminLogon

    This Windows feature will allow the OS to bypass the logon screen and start
    with Explorer for the user account set in the registry.
     
    Maxim S. Shatskih, Jul 18, 2006
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