$US15.00 FireDaemon Session 0 Viewer

Key Features

The FireDaemon Session 0 Viewer is a Windows utility that makes switching back and forth between your logged in Windows desktop and Session 0 a breeze.

Since the release of Windows Vista and Windows 2008 interactive Windows services (ie. those with a console or GUI component) have been forced to run in an isolated desktop session. The only way to interact with your interactive services (eg. those being run by FireDaemon Pro) on Session 0 was to switch desktop via the Interactive Services Detection Service applet. This method has a variety of limitations and is disabled in Windows by default. The FireDaemon Session 0 Viewer allows you to switch desktop to Session 0 easily and has the following features and advantages over the inbuilt Windows one:

  • Enables interactive services on Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows 8, Windows Server 2012, Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows 10 and Windows Server Preview (2016).
  • Starts the Interactive Services Detection Service Starts and a System Tray Notification Area applet across all user sessions allowing you to simply switch back and forth between your logged in session and Session 0 by just double clicking the FireDaemon applet icon
  • Redraws the desktop and windows of applications running in Session 0 correctly avoiding artifacting especially when switching to Session 0 via RDP
  • Allows you to switch to Session 0 indefinitely with no auto-logoff timeout
  • Starts a custom minimisable Task Bar on Session 0 that allows you to find and bring to front applications running on Session 0
  • Avoids the default nagging desktop popup "warning" you applications are running on Session 0
  • Start Menu shortcuts allow you to simply rollback to the default Windows Interactive Services Detection Service
  • Is a completely standalone product and drop in replacement for the Microsoft Windows Interactive Services Detection Service
  • Works seamlessly side by side FireDaemon Pro
  • Facilitates Session 0 desktop switching via regular Windows, OS-X and Linux RDP/RDC clients, TeamViewer, VNC and other remote control products
  • Available as a retail product with volume license pricing, integrator product with unlimited redistribution pricing and as a pay-as-you-go product with volume licensing pay by the month pricing
  • Software Assurance and Priority Support annual subscriptions available
  • Software Assurance and Priority Support annual subscriptions can be cancelled any time.

Working on Session 0 can be problematic as it is a heavily locked down Windows desktop. We know of the following issues/limitations:

  • Sometimes the Session 0 screen will be completely black. This is due to your graphics driver either being outdated or requiring re-installation. Hence, you MUST install or reinstall the latest graphics drivers for your video card. If you are running Windows as a virtual machine you should you install or re-install/repair the latest version of VMware Tools (or equivalent hypervisor "tools" package) for your VM
  • There is no way to interact with the session 0 desktop on Windows 10 - you can switch desktop but your keyboard and mouse won't work. This is a bug in Windows 10 RTM. This worked in the Windows 10 Technical Preview
  • Task Manager does not run on Session 0 on Windows Server 2012 R2 and Windows 10
  • We have had reports of RDP sessions being dropped when attempting to switch to Session 0. This is due to the RDP Session 0 Screen Driver or the RDP User Mode Port Redirector crashing. To resolve this ensure that you have disabled all forms of drive, printer, clipboard and audio mapping and redirection across the RDP session.
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