Microsoft Remote Desktop Connection Console or Admin Session

Did you know, when you connect to one of your Systems using Microsoft Remote Desktop Connection, you can choose whether you want to connect to the console or create a new terminal server session. If you always create console sessions, you will be able to re-use or reconnect to the last session..

Until today, i didn’t know, that a console session can be created using the Remote Desktop Connection Client GUI. In the past i always did something similiar to:

MSTSC.exe /v:MYSERVER:[PORT] /CONSOLE

or on systems with newer Remote Desktop Client Versions


MSTSC.exe /v:MYSERVER:[PORT] /ADMIN

When playing with display settings, local resources like (connecting printer or drives over a Remote Desktop Connection) the command line got a bit complex. Now since i bought an Apple MacBook Pro, and i faced the challenge to connect to my servers using the Mac OSX implementation of the Remote Desktop Connection, i realized, that it is possible to place a /CONSOLE or /ADMIN Parameter directly into the address textfield of the Mac OSX Remote Desktop Connection Client. So i figured out, that this can also be done using the Windows Remote Desktop Connection Client.

RemoteDesktopConnection_AsAdmin_Console

RemoteDesktopConnection_AsAdmin_Console

Apple_Mac_OSX_RemoteDesktopConnection_Console

Apple_Mac_OSX_RemoteDesktopConnection_Console

4 thoughts on “Microsoft Remote Desktop Connection Console or Admin Session

  1. Nice one, dude! Every since I switched to a Mac and needed to use /admin or /console, I entered my Parallels Windows 7 environment and ran “mstsc /admin”. Now I can skip that step! Thanks 🙂

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  3. Works great – especially on connecting from a Mac to an Azure environment [like rackspace, etc]

    Thanks!!

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