One of my client have a Windows Server 2000 and I can connect to this server using remote desktop.

However, I can't connect to the Administrator Console.

I tried every switch available (I'm using windows 7) without success:

%SystemRoot%\system32\mstsc.exe /v:xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx /admin

%SystemRoot%\system32\mstsc.exe /v:xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx -admin

%SystemRoot%\system32\mstsc.exe /v:xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx /console

%SystemRoot%\system32\mstsc.exe /v:xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx -console

I did a lot of google search... some people mentionned there's a "trick" to connect to the administrator console but none of them has explained it.

Is this trick exist or is it an urban legend?


The console option was added to Remote Desktop in Windows Server 2003. It is not available on Windows Server 2000.

  • 2
    And removed in 2008.
    – mfinni
    May 3 '12 at 15:28

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