How do I access the reserved admin session using Microsofts RDP client on my Mac? The equivalent to mstsc /admin on the Windows client.


I don't have my Mac in front of me however in a version prior to 2.1.0, there is an tick box option on the Remote Client Connection setup for an admin connection. It is labelled connect as Administrator if I remember correctly.

For version 2.1.0 and greater, see Christian Muggli's article Microsoft Remote Desktop Connection Console or Admin Session shows how you can put the /console or /admin directly at the end of server name of the RDC client (Mac or Windows).

Official confirmation on how to do this is via this Microsoft Help Article: How to connect to the Server Console

  • Can't finde the checkbox, this is the software I'm using: microsoft.com/mac/products/remote-desktop/default.mspx – Oscar Kilhed Feb 19 '10 at 9:55
  • Unfortunatly I can only confirm this when I get home, but I do recall it's an option somewhere in the settings screens. I don't have access to a Mac at work but use it regurlarly. Either way the second solution I provide is to official Microsoft method of connecting using the RDC client. However you need to ensure your running the latest version. – BinaryMisfit Feb 19 '10 at 10:20
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    Awesome, the /console bit did the trick. Thanks a bunch :) – Oscar Kilhed Feb 19 '10 at 10:23

There are two programs I know of that are good for this.

The offficial : RDC The better option : CoRD


To connect to the console in cord you can open it up and select; "connect to console session".

Diago's answer works for RDC

  • His question is not what to use but how to use it. – BinaryMisfit Feb 19 '10 at 9:30
  • Yeh sorry; just noticed that one; was editing it to actually add in the instructions to connect to the console. – Antitribu Feb 19 '10 at 9:32

Microsoft Remote Desktop Connection Client for Mac Version 2.1.0 (100825)

Computer: computerName.school.edu /console

This is similar to PC syntax: C:\Windows\System32\mstsc.exe /v: computerName/admin

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    This answer doesn't quite make sense. Can you edit it to clarify how it resolves the original question? – fukawi2 Feb 27 '15 at 0:36

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