Remote Control Your VDI & DaaS Devices
This article covers information relevant only to the version 9.0 beta release. Want to be the first to try our new features? Join the ControlUp Beta Program!
From the 9.0 beta release, you can use built-in VDI & DaaS actions to remotely control a user session.
In the Security Policy pane of the Real-Time Console, you must allow the following Run Session Actions:
Remote Control, to start a Remote Control session requiring user consent.
Remote Control (Admin), to start a Remote Control session without requiring user consent, and with the ability to open an Elevated Command Prompt.
Upgrade ControlUp Monitors and the Agents you want to use for Remote Control to version 9.0
Allow the Run Session Actions above.
Make sure you have enabled or allowed pop-ups in your browser. For example, if you’re using Chrome as your browser, make sure app.control.com is set as “Allowed popups and redirects”.
Allowlist the following URLs:
US + Rest of the World (non-EU)
Start Remote Control Session
To start a Remote Control session on a user’s device:
In the Topology view, drilldown to User Sessions (Agent) and select a user. You can remotely control a single device per Remote Control session.
Right-click the user, select Session management and then select one of the following options:
Remote Control, requires user consent
Remote Control (Admin), optional user consent and can open an Elevated Command Prompt
Click Start session:
If you selected to Ask for user consent, a Remote Control request popup to allow or decline appears on the user’s screen. Only if they click Yes, the user’s screen appears on your screen. If they click No or don’t click Yes after 1 minute, the Remote Control action fails.
If you didn’t select to Ask for user consent, a Remote Control notification popup appears on the user’s screen, and the user’s screen appears on your screen.
While the Remote Control session is active, an icon appears on the end user's device:
If the user clicks on the icon, they can see who initiated the Remote Control session and they have the option to end the session. Note that user can end the Remote Control session even if you initiated the session without asking for consent. By default, the Remote Control session ends after 10 minutes.
Remote Control Functionalities
You can select which display to control if the remote user has multiple monitors (displays). Select All Displays to view and control all displays at the same time.
Copy and paste between displays
You can select the Clipboard checkbox to copy and paste between your local admin display and the remote user display.
Click Zoom to zoom in on the remote display. After you zoom in, you can select which part of the screen to view by clicking on the screen area map at the top right corner.
Take a screenshot
Click Screenshot to take a screenshot of the remote display. The screenshot is saved to your local Downloads folder.
You can transfer files up to 100MB between your admin device and the user's device.
To retrieve a file from a device:
Click Retrieve Files.
Navigate to and select the files you want to retrieve.
Click Retrieve. A progress bar appears at the top of the Remote Control session to show the progress of the file transfer.
The retrieved files are saved to your local Downloads folder.
To send files to a device:
Click Send Files and select whether you want to send Files or entire Folders.
Navigate to and select the file or folder you want to send.
Click Upload or Open. A progress bar appears at the top of the Remote Control session to show the progress of the file transfer.
The sent files are saved to the device in the local Downloads folder.
Click Ctrl-Alt-Del to open Task Manager on the user’s device. You can also use Ctrl-Alt-Del to lock the device, sign out, change the password, shut down, or restart the device.
Open an elevated command prompt
Click Elevated Cmd to open an Elevated Command Prompt, which gives you admin privileges. The Elevated Command Prompt automatically closes at the end of the Remote Control session so that the user device doesn’t have admin access.