Connect and login to a remote machine using the Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) also known as Terminal Server Connection (TSC).

      MSTSC option
      MSTSC /Edit "ConnectionFile"
      MSTSC /migrate

   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

To connect to a remote computer the user account must be a member of the local group 'Remote Desktop users' on the remote server (either directly or inherited via a global group) in addition the user account needs the privilege SeRemoteInteractiveLogonRight (allow logon through RDP/Terminal Services.)

The command CMDKEY can be used to setup/save the password credentials used by Remote Desktop.

Shortcut Keys

Shortcut keys that can be used when connected to a Remote Desktop:

Windows Shortcut Remote Desktop Description
Ctrl+ALT+Del Ctrl+ALT+END Bring up the Windows Security dialog box.
ALT+TAB ALT+Page Up Switch between programs from left to right.
ALT+Shift+TAB ALT+Page Down Switch between programs from right to left.
ALT+INSERT Switch between programs in the order they were started.
Ctrl+Esc ALT+HOME Display the Start menu.
n/a Ctrl+ALT+BREAK Switch the client between full-screen mode and window mode.
ALT+Space Bar ALT+Delete Displays the remote window's Control menu
ALT+Print Screen Ctrl+ALT+NumPad MINUS Place an image of active window onto the Terminal Services clipboard.
Print Screen Ctrl+ALT+NumPad PLUS Place an image of the entire TS client on the Terminal Services clipboard.
This is almost the same as pressing ALT+Print Screen to capute the window locally but removes the Windows chrome and so shows more of the remote window.

If the RDP shortcut keys don't work - this is dependent on your RDP options/settings.
The window may need to be full screen to accept shortcut keys.

RDP Shortcut Keys

Citrix ICA Client Shortcut Keys

Shortcut keys that can be used when connected to a Citrix Desktop:

Windows Shortcut Citrix Shortcut Description
n/a Shift+F1 Display Start Menu in the remote ICA session.
n/a Shift+F2 Toggle display of the remote Windows Title bar.
n/a Shift+F3 Disconnect the ICA session and exit the ICA Win32 Client.
This might leave the associated application in a disconnected state, depending how the application is configured.
Ctrl+ALT+Del Ctrl+F1 Display the Windows NT Security desktop.
Ctrl+Esc Ctrl+F2 Display the Task List in the remote ICA session.
Ctrl+ Shift+Esc Ctrl+F3 Display the Windows NT Task Manager in the remote ICA session.
ALT+Esc ALT+F2 Cycle through any maximized or minimized program Windows in the remote ICA session.
ALT+TAB ALT+PLUS Cycle through open applications in the remote ICA session.
ALT+SHIFT+TAB ALT+MINUS Cycle through open applications in the remote ICA session but in the opposite direction.


MSTSC /v:MyServer /f /console
MSTSC /v: /w:1024 /h:768
MSTSC /v:MyServer /w:800 /h:600
MSTSC /edit filename.rdp

Copy and paste is supported between a remote computer and your local machine, but RDP has a 'hidden feature' of converting TABs into spaces!

“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


Remote Desktop Connection Manager - RDP to multiple machines.
Q216783 - Keep-Alive Disconnected TS Connections
Q2726399 - Cannot change the DPI setting through an RDP session.
MAPISEND - Send email from the command line
RMTSHARE - Share a folder or printer
SHORTCUT - Create a windows shortcut
SHADOW - Monitor/View another users running RDP session.
SHUTDOWN - Shutdown the computer/Log off a user
TSDISCON - Disconnect a Remote Desktop Session
TSSHUTDN - Remotely shut down or reboot a terminal server
Remote Desktop Services Shortcut Keys - MSDN
Equivalent bash command (Linux): VNCconnect or screen

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