Securely connect to servers and workstations
Take Control allows you to quickly and easily connect directly to the device from the Dashboard, WallChart, Mobile Apps or helpdesk solution.
Computer Take Control Viewers
Please ensure the device providing assistance has a Take Control viewer installed before attempting to initiate a connection to Windows or Mac computers running Take Control.
These are downloadable from the Dashboard:
- Log into the Dashboard
- Go to Remote Acess
- Download Take Control Viewer - SolarWinds (available for Windows, MacOS and Linux)
- Download Take Control Viewer - TeamViewer (available for Windows)
Start a connection from the Dashboard
- Select the target server or workstation in the north pane of the Dashboard
- Click the Take Control button above the north pane to instantly and securely connect
The Take Control button is also available from Remote Access > Take Control in the Device's context menu (right-click on the device or from the Server or Workstation drop-down.
Start a connection from the Wall Chart
- Choose the server or workstation
- Click the Take Control button above the main panel to instantly and securely connect
We use one Take Control icon to indicate both the SolarWinds and TeamViewer Take Control engines.
Launching the Take Control Viewer from the computer
Depending on the version of Take Control installed on the target device, clicking the Take Control button will either open a connection dialog with the option to Launch Application for the Take Control (SolarWinds) or download a single-use Take Control (TeamViewer) connection file (*.tvc).
Regardless of the version of Take Control installed on the target device, clicking the Launch Application button or opening the *.tvc will open the corresponding Take Control viewer (where it is installed on the device providing assistance).
To ensure the Launch Application dialog opens, we suggest disabling any pop-up blockers in your browser.
To speed up future connections, select the option to Remember my choice for takectrsxvp links (or equivalent) when prompted to setup the Take Control (SolarWinds) viewer and takectrsxvp file association.
Dashboard: Two-Factor Authentication
The additional layer of security provided by 2FA helps to prevent unauthorized Dashboard access, particularly when connecting to a remote computer.
Depending on the account and user Two-Factor Authentication (2FA) settings, they may be prompted to either
- Enable 2FA - click Set Up 2FA Now. The user is logged out of their current Dashboard session to complete the 2FA activation process
- Set Up 2FA Later - continue to initiate the connection without 2FA
- Change Security Settings - allows the user to establish a remote session without additional 2FA security code authentication. Configured in Settings > General Settings> Security
For more detailed information on 2FA please refer to Two-Factor Authentication
Take Control (SolarWinds) traffic is secured using FIPS 140-2-compliant OpenSSL cryptographic modules. These FIPS 140-2 compliant sessions help to reinforce the security of all traffic from origin to destination, and designed to cover the full extent of the transit infrastructure. Elliptic-curve Diffie-Hellman is implemented to protect to our public/private key exchanges, a component step in session instantiation.
Take Control (TeamViewer) traffic is secured using RSA public/private key exchange and AES (256-bit) session encryption. This technology is used in a comparable form for https/SSL and is considered completely safe by today’s standards.
Service Desk Applications
Initiate a Take Control session directly from MSP Manager (SolarWinds engine only) or MSP (MAX) Service Desk Dashboards when Take Control is active on the device. Navigate to the device's asset dialog and click the Take Control button to retrieve the connection file or link to launch the viewer and initiate the session.
For other Service Desk systems, it may be possible to use one of the Take Control API service calls get_take_control_connection_url or get_take_control_connection (Take Control: TeamViewer only) to initiate a connection. For example, using the get_take_control_connection API service call to Take Control via Autotask LiveLinks.
Take Control (SolarWinds): Please be aware that takectrsxvp must be associated with the Take Control viewer before a connection can be established using the URL. This association may be achieved by logging on to the Dashboard, initiating a session to a remote device and choosing the option to Remember my choice for takectrsxvp links (or equivalent).
Take Control Viewer
Regardless of the version of Take Control installed on the target device, clicking the Launch Application button or opening the *.tvc will open the corresponding Take Control viewer (when installed on the device providing assistance and associated with that file type) then create a connection to the selected remote computer.
Take Control (SolarWinds)
The Take Control (SolarWinds) Viewer is available for Windows, Linux and Mac computers.
The interface varies depending on the version of the viewer in use:
- Take Control Viewer (SolarWinds): Standard interface
- Take Control Viewer (SolarWinds): New Interface: Windows Take Control viewer 7 introduced a streamlined interface to increase the available workspace as well as simplify navigation and option selection
Take Control (TeamViewer)
The Take Control (TeamViewer) Viewer is only available for Windows.
For easy session identification when multiple connections are established the device name is included in the session window (from Windows Monitoring Agent 9.5.2 - TeamViewer 9.0.25942). Please be aware that a restart of the TeamViewer service or remote device itself may be required to display the device name.
TeamViewer 11 introduced a redesigned toolbar in the Take Control viewer to ensure that all of the features required during a remote support session are easy to find and close at hand.
With the release of macOS 10.14 (Mojave), Apple introduced a new security requirement for all remote support solutions (including our SolarWinds engine). Where this accessibility setting is enabled you can take control of the remote device, otherwise you can only observe when connected. This security setting is not configurable remotely and can only be setup by an admin rights level user on the local computer.
Take Control (TeamViewer) on Mac Virtual Machines Permit connection to login screen
Take Control sessions may hang after entering the password in a locked Mac Virtual Machines login screen where the Take Control Configuration option Permit connection to login screen is enabled.
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