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Sunday, November 29, 2009

Using Remote Desktop for Linux with rdesktop

rdesktop client can be used to connect to Windows Terminal Services for Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) from Linux machines. The rdesktop client supports all version of Microsoft Windows including the latest, Windows Server 2008 and Windows 7 Operating Systems, and it runs on most unix based platforms as well as other ports.

Visit http://sourceforge.net/projects/rdesktop/ for more information or to download rdesktop.

Download and Install:
  1. wget http://garr.dl.sourceforge.net/sourceforge/rdesktop/rdesktop-1.6.0.tar.gz
  2. tar -zxf rdesktop-1.6.0.tar.gz
  3. cd rdesktop-1.6.0
  4. ./configure
  5. make
  6. make install
Basic Usage:
rdesktop -k en-us -a 16 -f -u <username> -p <password> <server>
Command Options Used:
-f switch for full screen mode
-k for keyboard layout on server
-a for color depth
-u for username
-p for password
Note: To exit full screen mode press: CTRL + ALT + Enter

Full Usage Options
Usage: rdesktop [options] server[:port]
-u: user name
-d: domain
-s: shell
-c: working directory
-p: password (- to prompt)
-n: client hostname
-k: keyboard layout on server (en-us, de, sv, etc.)
-g: desktop geometry (WxH)
-f: full-screen mode
-b: force bitmap updates
-L: local codepage
-A: enable SeamlessRDP mode
-B: use BackingStore of X-server (if available)
-e: disable encryption (French TS)
-E: disable encryption from client to server
-m: do not send motion events
-C: use private colour map
-D: hide window manager decorations
-K: keep window manager key bindings
-S: caption button size (single application mode)
-T: window title
-N: enable numlock syncronization
-X: embed into another window with a given id.
-a: connection colour depth
-z: enable rdp compression
-x: RDP5 experience (m[odem 28.8], b[roadband], l[an] or hex nr.)
-P: use persistent bitmap caching
-0: attach to console
-4: use RDP version 4
-5: use RDP version 5 (default)
There is also a graphical user interface (GUI) that you can use named Terminal Server Client [tsclient]
Visit: http://sourceforge.net/projects/tsclient for more information and to download tsclient.

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