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RDP V MsTSC /Console

Discussion in 'Networks' started by oush, Jan 3, 2008.

  1. oush

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    Can someone explain the difference between RDP and MsTSC /Console? What are the advantages etc? I know the msTSC /console is used for forcing console logins when the server exceeds its terminal services connections.
     
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  2. MacAllan

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    That is the difference, you've answered your own question... Use 'mstsc /console' now, go on, and hear the squeal of horror as someone else is forcefully logged off to make room for you :)
     
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  3. Bluerinse
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    RDP (Remote Desktop Protocol) is the protocol that Remote Desktop Connection uses. Mstsc (Microsoft Terminal Services Client) is the name of the file that starts the application. Mstsc is left over from Windows 2000 days when Remote Desktop Connection, used to be called Terminal Services Client. In essence, they are the same.
     
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  4. oush

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    So why does msTSC force people off and RDP does not? I cant seem to find a definition or a description of msTSC does anyone have a link?
     
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    RDP does force people off a workstation.. you can only have as many sessions as you are allowed. With a client OS that is one. Using Terminal services on a server, it depends how many TS CALs you have.
     
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  6. oush

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    so if you had to write down the difference between them how would you word it? thanks!
     
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  7. Bluerinse
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    In XP Pro you always connect to a console session, as it is not a terminal server.

    On Server 2003 the /console switch connects to a console session. This is for *administrator use*.

    You must be an administrator on the server to which you are connecting to create a remote console connection.

    You can only have one console session running at any given time. Hence why is will kick any other admin off.

    Normal users would connect to a terminal server (without the /console switch) and start a new session. This relys on the server running terminal services and having a suffcient number of TS CALs.
     
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  8. Sparky
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    Worth noting that you can get a 3rd connection if your workmates haven’t logged out of their terminal server sessions.

    Obviously put in your server IP....

    mstsc /v:00.00.00.00 /f –console

    Happy days! :biggrin
     
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  9. oush

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    Ahh ok so if the console is locked the mstsc wont work?
     
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  10. Sparky
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    If the server is running default remote desktop (administration) then only two users can be connected.

    What I posted gives you a 3rd connection if needed. 8)
     
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