Terminal Services Client 6.0 – no more /console

Have you been wondering why you can no longer remote desktop to the console session? Are you running Windows Vista SP1 or Windows 2008 Server? Or have you downloaded the Remote desktop client v6.0 update and installed it?

Well, you are not alone, I have a couple of Virtual servers which I prefer to manage using Remote Desktop than the clunky app that comes with Hyper-V. Because the apps I run on them do not support multiple instances, they complain if there is more than one session logged into the server – solution is to use mstsc /console.at least it was in v5.2… they’ve changed the switch in v6 to be /Admin.

Not sure why – the other switch worked, why couldn’t they depreciate it instead? Both switches act the same way… so why change it? Is there a mandate coming down from Steve Ballmer that says everything associated with an elevated security level needs to have the word Admin in it?

Ah well, now you know. Change your shortcut links from /console to /admin & you’re good to go again.



About Brad Saide

I'm a SharePoint consultant. I'm also slowly going bald, seem to have a permanent spare tyre around my waist and enjoy socialising with friends over a beer or 10. The last 2 may possibly be related. Started working with SharePoint when the first version was in limited beta release (participated in the Technology Adoption Program while at Woolworths) and have been committed to the adoption of the technology as a business enabler ever since.
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