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In Windows Server 2000, when you accessed the server via RDP you couldn't get a Console session. (Unless you used VNC or other remote control program).  Since, for example, the Domino server console runs/displays on the system's console connection, it's helpful to be able to connect remotely to it.

Easy, use mstsc /console!
This changed in Server 2003 when M$ introduced/provided access to "console mode".  With RDP/RDC versions below 6.1, you could connect to a console session using the Start | Run and type mstsc /console and connect to the console session easily.

No, doink, use mstsc /admin!
The switch is a client-side parameter. For no discernible reason (to me), with RDP/RDC 6.1+, M$ changed the switch to /admin, so on clients running 6.1+, you'll have to use that.

RDC 6.1 shipped natively on these OSes:
+ Windows Server 2008+
+ Windows 7+
+ Windows Vista Service Pack 1 (SP1)
+ Windows XP Service Pack 3 (SP3)

RDC 6.1 shipped as an optional update on XP SP2 and below.

What I typically do:
I create a CMD file with the following:
    mstsc -v:server.domain.local -admin
Or you can just type that in at a command prompt.

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Craig Wiseman March 3rd, 2010 12:19:14 PM