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.

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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