How to enable remote desktop for console login on a Terminal Server?
Connecting to the console, however, is another matter. Once terminal services is enabled, the default connection to remote desktop for the machine will enable a terminal service, not console connection. In order to get a console connection, you must create an *.RDP setting for the machine, and edit it to connect to the console.
For example, for newton.eecs, call up a mstsc (Microsoft Terminal Services Client) or remote desktop connection, add all connectivity info to it, and (after enabling more options), save that remote desktop profile to the desktop as an RDP file, say newton.RDP
Now, edit that file using notepad, and add the following line to the end:
Using that connection will connect you to the terminal, if your username allows it. This should only be done with Administrative accounts. Jonathan writes:
... one thing we can try before enabling remote login is to login remotely via the console version of remote desktop.See this forum article for the RDP file. Microsoft Support notes about using the RDP file.
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