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Remote Desktop Connection-Part 2

December 11, 2015




Remote Desktop Connect Settings

  1. Open Remote Desktop Connection by clicking the Start button, clicking All Programs, clicking Accessories, and then clicking Remote Desktop Connection.


Before connecting, click Options, and then make the changes you want on the Display, Local Resources, Programs, Experience, and Advanced tabs.


Note: To save these settings for future connections, on the General tab, click Save.

  1. Click Connect.

In most cses, the Default Settings for Remote Desktop Connection is appropriate.  There may be times when customizing these settings may be needed. The connection settings may then be saved to use as the new default or for special use connections.



  • Logon Settings:

    • Used to enter the computer name for the Remote Computer and User name information

    • NOTE: for best practices for the security guys, do not click the Allow me to save credentials.

  • Connections Settings

    • Used to save or open customized RDP files


  • Allows for display and color configurations.

Local Recourses:

  • These settings are used to set how the remote computer will interact with the local machine.  This allows for setting on passing sound back from the remote computer, keyboard behavior and allowing the local machines Printers and Clipboard to be available to the remote machine.


  • This setting is to specify an application to start as soon as the connection to the remote machine is made. For example, a connection may have Internet Explorer run as soon as the user logs onto the Remote Desktop Server.


  • These settings are for the performance between the local and remote computer, how the desktop backgrounds, fonts, or icons look. Over slower connections, this setting can save on screen refresh and animation effects.


  • These settings are for Server authentication behavior and configuration if there is a Remote Desktop Gateway that is being used to connect to the remote computers.


Command line syntax for Remote Desktop Connection


Aside from using the RDC GUI, a command line command can be used to start the remote connection.



mstsc [<connection file>] [/v:<server[:port]>] [/admin] [/f[ullscreen]] [/w:<width>] [/h:<height>] [/public] | [/span] [/edit "connection file"] [/migrate] [/?]

Command line parameters for Remote Desktop Connection


Specifies the remote computer that you want to connect to.


If used for administration of a Remote Desktop Session Host server
In this version of Remote Desktop Connection, if the Remote Desktop Session Host role service is installed on the remote computer, running mstsc /admin will do the following (for the current connection only):

• Disable Remote Desktop Services client access licensing

• Disable time zone redirection

• Disable RD Connection Broker redirection

• Disable Remote Desktop Easy Print


/admin also does the following on connections to Windows Server 2008 R2 with the RD Session Host role service installed:

• Disables Plug and Play device redirection for this connection only.

• Changes the remote session theme to Windows Classic View (if it's available) for this connection only.

To connect to a remote computer with the RD Session Host role service installed, follow these steps:

1. Open the Command Prompt window by clicking the Start button Picture of the Start button. In the search box, type Command Prompt, and then, in the list of results, click Command Prompt.

2. Type mstsc /v:server /admin


Other useful switches:

/f                     - Starts Remote Desktop Connection in full-screen mode.

/w:<width>    - Specifies the width of the Remote Desktop Connection window.

/h:<height>    - Specifies the height of the Remote Desktop window.

/public            - Runs Remote Desktop Connection in public mode.

/span              - Matches the remote desktop width and height with the local virtual desktop, spanning across multiple monitors if necessary. To span across monitors, the monitors must be arranged to form a rectangle.

/multimon     - Configures the Remote Desktop session monitor layout to be identical to the current client-side configuration.

/edit "connection file"  - Opens the specified .rdp connection file for editing.

/migrate         - Migrates older connection files that were created with Client Connection Manager to new .rdp connection files.

/?                      - Lists these parameters.


Extra Stuff

  • Best practices

    • Be sure to logoff your session. Depending on the settings, if teh connection is disconnected or "X" out of, the session may be "open" and taking a remoted connection on the computer.

    • Be careful of task that require reboots (don’t do shutdown or do any restarts that require a physical persence to bring the remote system back online)

    • Don’t rely on Server Console Messages

      • Unless connected to the Console session, the Console messages will not be displayed.

    • RDP standard port is 3389. If connecting through a network firewall, Port 3389 needs to be open between the client and the remote system.

  • Be sure to logoff and coordinate with other administrators.  Remember that Remote Desktop for Administration only has two remote connections.

    • Consider configuring Remote Desktop to disconnect when connections is broken, disconnect actions and reset timeouts.

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