Use command line parameters with Remote Desktop Connection


In this version of Windows, instead of starting Remote Desktop Connection from the Start menu, you can start it from the search box, from the Run dialog box, or from a command line. With these methods, you can use additional command line parameters to control how Remote Desktop Connection looks or behaves.

To start Remote Desktop from the Run dialog box

  1. Click the Start button Picture of the Start button, click All Programs, click Accessories, and then click Run.
  2. In the Open box, type mstsc.

  3. Type a space, followed by any additional parameters that you want to use.

The following table lists the parameters you can use.

Command line syntax for Remote Desktop Connection

Syntax

mstsc [<connection file>] [/v:<server[:port]>] [/admin] [/f[ullscreen]] [/w:<width>] [/h:<height>] [/public] | [/span] [/edit "connection file"] [/migrate] [/?]

Command line parameters for Remote Desktop Connection

Parameter
Description

/v:<server[:port]>

Specifies the remote computer that you want to connect to.

/admin

Is used for administration of a Remote Desktop Session Host server. In this version of Remote Desktop Connection, if the Remote Desktop Session Host role service is installed on the remote computer, running mstsc /admin will do the following (for the current connection only):

  • Disable Remote Desktop Services client access licensing

  • Disable time zone redirection

  • Disable RD Connection Broker redirection

  • Disable Remote Desktop Easy Print

/admin also does the following on connections to Windows Server 2008 R2 with the RD Session Host role service installed:

  • Disables Plug and Play device redirection for this connection only.

  • Changes the remote session theme to Windows Classic View (if it's available) for this connection only.

To connect to a remote computer with the RD Session Host role service installed, follow these steps:

  1. Open the Command Prompt window by clicking the Start button Picture of the Start button. In the search box, type Command Prompt, and then, in the list of results, click Command Prompt.

  2. Type mstsc /v:server /admin.

/f

Starts Remote Desktop Connection in full-screen mode.

/w:<width>

Specifies the width of the Remote Desktop Connection window.

/h:<height>

Specifies the height of the Remote Desktop window.

/public

Runs Remote Desktop Connection in public mode.

/span

Matches the remote desktop width and height with the local virtual desktop, spanning across multiple monitors if necessary. To span across monitors, the monitors must be arranged to form a rectangle.

/multimon

Configures the Remote Desktop session monitor layout to be identical to the current client-side configuration.

/edit "connection file"

Opens the specified .rdp connection file for editing.

/migrate

Migrates older connection files that were created with Client Connection Manager to new .rdp connection files.

/?

Lists these parameters.