Terminal Server Connection, RDP (Remote Desktop Protocol)

Syntax MSTSC option MSTSC /Edit"ConnectionFile" MSTSC /migrate Options ConnectionFile The name of an RDP file for connection /v:<server[:port]> The remote computer to connect to /console Connect to the console of a server (NT/XP) /Admin Connect to a session for administering the server(Vista/2008) /f Start in Full Screen mode /w:width Width of the RDP screen /h:height Height of the RDP screen /span Match the Remote Desktop width and height with the local virtual desktop, spanning across multiple monitors if necessary.(Vista/2008) /public Run Remote Desktop in public mode. (Vista/2008) In public mode, passwords and bitmaps are not cached. /edit Open the RDP file for editing. /migrate Convert a legacy Client connection file into an .RDP file

The /console option only works when connecting to an Windows XP Professional or Windows Server 2003 computer.

When connected to a remote desktop, the key combination Ctrl-Alt-END will send Ctrl-Alt-Del to the remote client.


MSTSC /v:MyServer /f /console

MSTSC /v: /w:1024 /h:768

MSTSC /v:MyServer /w:800 /h:600

MSTSC /edit filename.rdp

On the Windows XP CD, under \SUPPORT\TOOLS you'll find MSRDPCLI.exe. This is the setup for use with 9.x/2000 machines.

"Ignorance is preferable to error; and he is less remote from the truth who believes nothing, than he who believes what is wrong" - Thomas Jefferson

Related Commands:

Q216783 - Keep-Alive Disconnected TS Connections

MAPISEND - Send email from the command line

RMTSHARE - Share a folder or printer

SHORTCUT - Create a windows shortcut

SHUTDOWN - Shutdown the computer/Log off a user

Equivalent bash command (Linux): vncconnect - Connect to a VNC server