Using the dashboard remotely

Applies To: Forefront Client Security

To permit remote use of the Client Security console (including the dashboard), you must enable Terminal Services on the management server. This allows a user on a remote computer to open a Terminal Services session on the management server.


To open a Terminal Services session, the user must belong to the Remote Desktop Users group or the local Administrators group on the management server.

If you frequently access the management server from a particular computer, you can save the Remote Desktop information to a desktop icon. This enables you to open the Terminal Services session easily.

Another alternative is to install Remote Desktop Web Connection for Windows Server 2003. The Microsoft Remote Desktop Web Connection ActiveX® control allows users to access a computer through Remote Desktop, via the Internet, from another computer using Microsoft Internet Explorer®.

Creating Remote Desktop icons

To create a Remote Desktop connection icon

  1. Start the Remote Desktop Connection application. If no tabs appear in the window, click Options.

  2. On the General tab, under Logon settings, enter the name of the Client Security management server in the Computer box.

  3. Under Connections, click Save As.

  4. Click Desktop, and then in File name, enter a descriptive file name for the connection, such as fcs-management.rdp. Be sure to use the .rdp file extension.

  5. Click Save. The icon is saved to your desktop. You can start a Remote Desktop session by double-clicking this icon.

Firewall settings

If a firewall or other gateway device separates the management server from computers you use to access the console remotely, you may need to configure the firewall or device to allow requests for connections to port 3389 on the management server.

Other Resources

Windows Server 2003 Terminal Services
Remote Desktop Web Connection for Windows Server 2003