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Start the Remote Debugging Monitor

The Remote Debugging Monitor (msvsmon.exe) is a small application that Visual Studio connects to for remote debugging. During remote debugging, Visual Studio runs on one computer (the debugger host) and the Remote Debugging Monitor runs on a remote computer together with the applications that you are debugging.

Before you can start remote debugging, you must set up remote debugging. For more information, see Set Up Remote Debugging on the Device.

Note Note

The dialog boxes and menu commands you see might differ from those described in Help depending on your active settings or edition. To change your settings, choose Import and Export Settings on the Tools menu. For more information, see Customizing Development Settings.


The Visual Studio user must have permission to connect to the remote debugger. By default, administrators on the remote machine can connect to the remote debugger. To grant permissions to other users, seeConfiguring the remote debugger.

For information about permissions for remote debugging across domains or between workgroup computers, see Remote Debugging Across Domains.

To start the remote debugging monitor

  • On the remote computer, choose Start, All Programs, Visual Studio 2013, Visual Studio 2013 Remote Debugger.


    Run msvsmon.exe at the Windows Command Prompt.

    The Remote Debugging Monitor runs as a Windows application. The user interface shows that the Remote Debugging Monitor is running and makes remote debugging easy to set up.

For debugging in ASP.NET and other server environments, you can run the Remote Debugging Monitor as a Windows service (the Remote Debugger Service.)

To configure the remote debugging monitor as a service

  1. Choose Start, Visual Studio Remote Debugger Configuration Wizard.

  2. Follow the steps in the wizard to set up remote debugging as a service.

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