Sometimes we have to use this below command to use rdp to our old server 2003 domain.

mstsc /v:servername /admin

I have ubuntu desktop with Remmina and i can use normal RDP login for most of the time using Remmina gui.. but when i need to disable Remote Desktop Services client access licensing and force login, I use above command.

I'm not sure Remmina can do the same or do I have to use a different client or this is impossible. Just wish to take advice, please help. I've tried googling and found this, but not found exact thing what i look for.

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    Isn't the "Attach to console" in the Advanced tab what you're looking for?
    – roaima
    Mar 29, 2015 at 17:30

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Often Im seeing below message, while trying to login to server 2003 ..

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Then as its already suggested, by roaima , What i do is to use "Attach to console" in the Advanced tab

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Above option should be equal to below windows command

mstsc -v:servername /F -console 

Attach to console" in the Advanced tab achieves much more similar to this switch /admin as well.... (Actually /console switch has been replaced by /admin switch in later operating systems such as windows 7 , Server 2008 and Vista etc )

MSTSC /console is now MSTSC /admin

if you type mstsc /? in server 2003 command prompt you will see


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and below is mstsc /? results for windows 7

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Check below for more details..

What is the /admin switch in Microsoft Terminal Services Client (MSTSC) for Windows 2008 and Vista?

What exactly is the console session in RDP?



  • This doesn't answer the question: What's the equivalent of mstsc /admin with Remmina?
    – namuol
    Jul 13, 2015 at 23:03

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