Microsoft Remote Desktop Connection Console or Admin Session

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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:


or on systems with newer Remote Desktop Client Versions


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.





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 🙂

  2. Pingback: Mac OS X: Remote Desktop “/admin” switch – Simon Krenger

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


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