Using FireDaemon Session 0 Viewer
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System Tray Notification Icon


FireDaemon Session 0 Viewer is straightforward to use. After installing Session 0 Viewer, a FireDaemon application icon will be present in the system tray notification area. Double click on the icon to switch to Session 0. Alternately, right click on the icon to switch session, steal Session 0 control off another user, enter or view license information or obtain the product version information.



Stealing Session 0 Control


If another user has control of Session 0, it's possible to steal and take over control from the other user. There is no warning, nor anyway for the user currently occupying Session 0 to stop the takeover. Hence, to steal Session 0 control simply click on the "Steal from" menu item above. Note that the RDP user is listed along with the client machine name. It's also possible to kick a user off Session 0 leaving it unoccupied. This is useful when a user RDP's to a server, switches to Session 0 then disconnects the RDP session leaving Session 0 inadvertently occupied. Please see the Command Line Options on how to kick a disconnected Session 0 user.


Registering The Product


FireDaemon Session 0 runs as a 30-day trial. After that time, the product will need to be licensed. To activate the product, simply click on Registration Information and then enter your licensing details in the dialog below. Note that the "Registration Information" menu item and dialog are only displayed if you are logged in as a local or domain administrator.




Working On Session 0


Once switched to Session 0 you will see the Session 0 notification area and task bar. Double click on the FireDaemon icon to take you back to your logged in session. You can again right click on the icon to see the various options menu options. You can click on the "V" in the task bar to minimise it. If you click on one of the applications listed in the task bar it will restore the application's window and bring it to front. The screenshot below shows FireDaemon Session 0 Viewer in action.


Windows 10 and Server 2016 Keyboard and Mouse Special Considerations


Windows 10 and Server 2016 no longer permit keyboard and mouse input on Session 0. Based on our technical discussions and correspondence with Microsoft this is "intentional" and "by design" and for "security reasons".  Hence, if you need your keyboard and mouse to work sensibly on Session 0 continue to use any supported prior version of Windows (7/2008 R2 through 8.1/2012 R2).


If you do use FireDaemon Session 0 Viewer on Windows 10 or Server 2016, your session will end after 30 seconds and you will be returned to your logged in desktop.