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Tue, May 10, 2016 10:39 pm

Creating a Remote Desktop Connection shortcut on your desktop

To create a Remote Desktop Connection shortcut on a Microsoft Windows system to reduce the number of steps you need to take to establish a connection to a particular remote system using the Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP), you can take the steps listed at Creating a Remote Desktop Connection shortcut on your desktop.

If you need to transfer files between the local and remote systems, you can take the steps listed at Transferring Files Via the Remote Desktop.

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Fri, Mar 23, 2012 5:37 pm

Redirecting a Local Drive with Remote Desktop

The Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) is a protocol developed by Microsoft that allows one to remotely manage a Microsoft Windows system. E.g., you could remotely manage a Microsoft Windows XP PC, Windows Server 2003 system, etc. from another Microsoft Windows system. There are also RDP clients that run on Linux, Solaris, and Mac OS X systems that will allow you to manage a Microsoft Windows system from a system running one of those operating systems.

A program that can be run on one of those operating systems is rdesktop. If you have a Linux system, you may find that it is already installed. If not you can download and install it for free.

You can determine if rdesktop is already installed by using the command which rdesktop.

$ which rdesktop

Rdesktop allows you not only to remotely manage a Microsoft Windows system, but also map a directory on the system running rdesktop to what appears to be a shared network drive on the Microsoft Windows system.

$ rdesktop -0 -r 'disk:Linux=/home/jdoe/Documents/' -u administrator

I used the following options with the rdesktop command issued on a Ubuntu Linux system:


The -0 option allows you to attach to the console of the server (requires Windows Server 2003 or newer), which would be akin to sitting down at the system to which you are logging on, i.e., it doesn't establish a session separate from the login session you would get when sitting at the system. So, if you were already logged into the system locally, when you connect remotely via rdesktop, you will see all of the open programs and files.

-r disk:<sharename>=<path>,...

Redirects a path to the share \\tsclient\<sharename> on the server (requires Windows XP or newer). The share name is limited to 8 characters.

In this case I used -r 'disk:Linux=/home/jdoe/Documents/'. I picked "Linux" for the sharename, but you can use whatever name you like. The name you select is the name the Microsoft Windows system will see for a shared network drive. The /home/jdoe/Documents/ means that if, from the Microsoft Windows system, I use the Explorer or an application to browse to the shared network drive named Linux it is really pointing to /home/jdoe/Documents on the Linux system. So I can place a file in /home/jdoe/Documents/ on the Linux system and access it from the Microsoft Windows system. Or I can save a file with an application on the Microsoft Windows system to the directory /home/jdoe/Documents on the Linux system.

-u <username>

The -u option allows you to spcify the Username for authentication on the Microsoft Windows system to which you wish to logon. In this case, I'm logging in as the administrator.

The is the IP address of the Microsoft Windows system to which I wish to connect. You can also use a fully qualified domain name (FQDN) as well, e.g.,

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Sat, Mar 13, 2010 10:15 am

Transferring Files Via the Remote Desktop

If you want to transfer files between your local system and a remote system using the remote desktop software that comes with Windows you can do so via the following procedure (note: this procedure was written for Windows 7, but should be similar for prior versions).
  1. Click on the Start button.
  2. Select All Programs.
  3. Select Accessories.
  4. Select Remote Desktop Connection.
  5. When the Remote Desktop Connection window opens, click on Options.
  6. Click on the Local Resources tab.

    Local resources tab

  7. Click on the More button.
  8. Click on Drives to share all drives. If yo only want to share some local drives, click on the "+" to the left of drives and select only the drives you want to share.

    Selecting drives

  9. Click on OK.
  10. Click on Connect.

If you go to My Computer on the remote system or use Windows Explorer, you should see the drives on the local system from which you connected listed among the drives visible on the remote system.


  1. Transfer files via the Remote Desktop

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Sun, Feb 24, 2008 11:51 am

Switching Rdesktop from Full-Screen to Windowed Mode

Rdesktop is free, open-source, software that provides the capability for remotely controlling a Microsoft Windows system from a Linux or Unix system.

I sometimes encounter a problem where I can't see the taskbar at the bottom of the Windows display or the bottom of windows displayed on the remote Windows system due to differences in the resolution for the screen on the Linux/Unix system and the resolution of the Windows system. The problem can be resolved by specifying the -f option when starting rdesktop, so that you get a full screen display., e.g. rdesktop -0 -f -u jsmith But what do you do when you wish to put the remote session in a window rather than have it occupy the full screen without disconnecting? You can hit the Ctrl-Alt-Enter keys simultaneously to switch to a windowed view. You can also use Ctrl-Alt-Enter to switch to a full-screen view, if you didn't start redesktop with the -f option.


  1. Rdesktop
  2. Controlling a Windows System from a Linux System
    January 12, 2006
    MoonPoint Support

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Mon, Apr 30, 2007 12:38 am

Remotely Enabling Remote Desktop Protocol

If you need to enable Remote Desktop support on a system in a domain from the domain controller, you can do it by editing the HKLM\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Terminal Server key in the registry of the remote system. By changing the value of fDenyTSConnection from 1 to 0 and then rebooting the system, you can enable Remote Desktop support.

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Thu, Jan 12, 2006 12:47 am

Controlling a Windows System from a Linux System

If you need to remotely control a Windows system from a Linux or Unix system, you can use rdesktop. Rdesktop is an open source client for Windows NT Terminal Server and Windows 2000/2003 Terminal Services, capable of communicating with a Windows system using the Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP).

With rdesktop you get an X Window display on your Linux/Unix system that looks very similar to what you would see if you were sitting at the Windows system. It works much like Windows remote desktop software that allows you to control one Windows system with another.

If you are using a Linux system, rdesktop may already be present. You can check by issuing the command rdesktop. If it isn't present, installing rdesktop is easy. Download the file from,, or here and then issue the following commands on your Linux or Unix system, subsituting the particular version number you have downloaded:

tar -xvzf rdesktop-1.4.1.tar.gz
cd rdesktop-1.4.1
make install

You can then run the software with the rdesktop command. E.g., if I wanted to connect to a Windows system with IP address, I could issue the command rdesktop If the Windows system is behind a firewall, you will need to open TCP port 3389.

I often boot a Windows system with a Knoppix Linux Live CD when I am working at a site, so that I can be sure that I am working on a secure system rather than a system that may have been compromised by viruses, trojans, spyware, etc. If I need to access a server at the site, such as a Windows Small Business Server (SBS) 2003 server, I can still access it from the system booted into Knoppix Linux with a Live CD by using rdesktop. Knoppix Linux comes with rdesktop, but you may have another Linux Live CD, which doesn't already provide rdesktop. Since you are booting from a Live CD and can't alter its contents, you need to specify a directory that is stored in memory rather than on the CD when you are installing rdesktop. You can do so by using "--prefix" to specify the directory into which you wish to install it. Otherwise, you will get the following error when you attempt to install it.

$ make install
mkdir -p /usr/local/bin
mkdir: cannot create directory `/usr/local/bin': Permission denied
make: *** [installbin] Error 1

To eliminate the problem, you can use the following commands after you have downloaded the software into a virtual disk Live CDs will typically set up in memory. Suppose you have /ramdisk/tmp as such an area and you have made that your working directory.

tar -xvzf rdesktop-1.4.1.tar.gz
cd rdesktop-1.4.1
./configure --prefix=/ramdisk/tmp
make install

Unless you specify otherwise, a new logon session will be established to the system. The current one won't be terminated. But, perhaps a user is already logged onto the system and you wish to connect to the current console session on the system, to see exactly what you would see if you were sitting at the system. Then you should use the -0 option to attach to the console, e.g. rdesktop -0 You can specify the userid to use with the -u option, e.g. rdesktop -0 -u administrator You may also want to change the color depth with the -a option. The default value is 8-bit color, which gives you only 256 colors. If you use -a 16, you will get 16-bit color, which is 2 raised to the power of 16 colors, i.e. 65,536 colors. If you use rdesktop alone with no options, you will get a list of other available options for the command.


  1. Administer Windows from Linux with rdesktop
  2. Using Rdesktop To Access Windows Terminal Services from A GNU/Linux Client

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