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Is there any utility out there that allows me to paste the password in my clipboard to Windows Server 2008 R2 RDP login screen as if I'm typing the characters directly from the keyboard? I login a lot to different servers and use ClipMate to manage and pull up historical clips.

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I will leave this as a comment instead of a answer as it does not provide a solution, but the reason you can not paste in rdp is copy and paste is handled by rdpclip.exe which is run in your user context. If you have not logged in yet, rdpclip has not started yet. However there may be client side solutions to this, and I look forward to watching this question. –  Scott Chamberlain Aug 9 '12 at 20:31
Have you tried saving the credentials in an RDP file? –  Jim B Aug 9 '12 at 21:41
@ScottChamberlain I think this is a perfectly valid answer to this question, and encourage you not to hold back because it's "not a solution." Sometimes "no solution" is a helpful answer, or even the correct one. –  HopelessN00b Aug 10 '12 at 0:27
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Actually, yes.

As pointed out by @ScottChamberlain, the reason you can't do it with the clipboard is that the program responsible for copy and paste in Windows is run in a user context. Until you log in, you have no user context, and it's not running.

However, that's not the only way to "copy and paste" text or access the clipboard. The password vault I use has a "paste into current field" option, and (to my surprise), it actually does pass this to the password field at the Remote Desktop login screen. Likewise, VNC and OoB-management technologies allow cutting and pasting into the login screen, because they don't use the unlogged-into RDP session's context to try to pass the clipboard contents.

Having said that, I don't find this feature particularly useful. Use a connection management program that lets you save your RDP sessions with username and passwords, and all you have to worry about is double clicking the connection.

I use mRemoteNG, which is freaking awesome. All my RDP, VNC, SSH, telnet, and even http/https connections are saved in there. Free and I'd pay hundreds of dollars for it, straight up. Got thousands of connections saved in there, and never have to type a password for any of them. (And before anyone says it, yes, my connections file is kept in a small Truecrypt container.) Yum, FOSS.

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Install and use a newer RDP client. Windows 2008 supports NLA. With NLA you can provide your credentials to the RDP client before the RDP session starts. Copy and paste works fine in that case.

Or you could even just save an RDP file per host with stored credentials.

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