MS RDP Client: /console is now /admin

Trying to use the Microsoft Remote Desktop Client (mstsc.exe) to connect to the console of a remote Windows machine? Coming from Microsoft Windows Vista SP1, or Windows Server 2008, or XP SP3? The old style of:

host.name.com /console

not working? It tells you “An unknown parameter was specified in computer name field?” Yeah, with RDP 6.1 they changed it to:

host.name.com /admin

Props to my colleague Steve Tanner for the tip. More information can be found at the Terminal Services Team Blog.

Comments on this entry are closed.

  • This is weird. I’am working with an RDP connection to a Windows Server 2008 Enterprise and i can still use the /console parameter.

    I’am connecting from a Windows XP SP2 with the latest rdp client available for XP installed.

  • Never mind. You can delete my comment. This post is only if you use rdp client version 6.1

  • No worries — I wasn’t very clear about that, so I updated the post. Thanks!

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