Connecting to a console session using Windows 7’s Remote Desktop Client

January 11, 2010

A few of the servers I administer are still running Windows Server 2003, and sometimes there is a need to connect to the console session. There is no UI in the Remote Desktop client built into Windows, but there was a command line switch which enabled this behavior. In XP and Vista to connect to the console session, I’d just Start –> Run, and type “mstsc /console”.

I’ve noticed that this was not working on Windows 7, in the Beta and the Release candidate. I just did a little searching on the Connect feedback area for Windows, and it turns out that Microsoft has changed the /console parameter to /admin. It also appears that this behavior change is in the latest Windows Vista SP as well. So administrators take note, it’s “mstsc /admin” now!

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3 Responses to “Connecting to a console session using Windows 7’s Remote Desktop Client”

  1. Jereweh Says:

    same command with windows xp or windows 2003


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