How to Remote Desktop to the Actual Server Console on Windows 2003

By Lowell Heddings on September 27th, 2006

Using the Remote Desktop client usually lands you in a seperate session on the windows server. There are times, however, when you might want to be able to connect to the console directly instead of being in a seperate session. This is how.

Start the remote desktop client from the command line or the Start/Run dialog with this command:

mstsc /console

You can now select the server you wish to connect to, and you will connect to the server console session instead of a seperate session.

If you want to see the usage dialog, type mstsc /?

Lowell Heddings, better known online as the How-To Geek, spends all his free time bringing you fresh geekery on a daily basis. You can follow him on if you'd like.

  • Published 09/27/06
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