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Old 06-14-2011, 04:07 PM   #1
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Default control & log in to domain user accounts & computers from administrator account

I often need to log in, physically or remotely, to workstations on my office LAN for some level of troubleshooting, where I specifically need to troubleshoot in the users account. This results in a lot of password sharing, whether the user is telling me their password over the phone, or I am asking the manager who keeps a master list (a huge pain to maintain).

Is there a way for the network administrator account to log in to client computers "as" a user account? Without resetting their pw from the server?

We use SBS2003 and XP & Windows 7 desktops....

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Old 06-15-2011, 02:54 PM   #2
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Everything I've experienced would require you either knowing their passwords, or resetting their passwords and logging in that way.
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Old 06-15-2011, 02:57 PM   #3
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I often need to log in, physically or remotely, to workstations on my office LAN for some level of troubleshooting, where I specifically need to troubleshoot in the users account. This results in a lot of password sharing, whether the user is telling me their password over the phone, or I am asking the manager who keeps a master list (a huge pain to maintain).

Is there a way for the network administrator account to log in to client computers "as" a user account? Without resetting their pw from the server?

We use SBS2003 and XP & Windows 7 desktops....

Thanks....
You could use VNC. This would allow you to see the screens of remote machine - if the user was already logged in, then you could control their machine, and see what they are doing.

I wouldn't allow this remotely... not in the "traditional" way, anyway. You'd probably want to do it through a VPN, since VNC isn't terribly secure.
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Old 06-15-2011, 04:25 PM   #4
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you can use this software Free hardware inventory and software inventory for windows networks from the main menu you can type in the users name and it will find them on the network and you can control there PC
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I like how that link says "free" and the software is not free.
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I think the OP wants a way to log into users accounts after hours or when they aren't there so he / she can replicate the issues and correct them. I'm not under the impression they wanted remote support solutions. If that's the case, both you and the user go to ShowMyPC: Remote Support, Desktop Sharing, Access Remote PC Free, Web Conferencing and do a PC sharing session, and you'll be good to go from there.
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