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I access work Citrix through a public webpage.  Once logged into Citrix I can select RDP and remote into my work PC.  From there I RDP into other servers to check on their status, etc., but what's so bothersome is that I have to do one at a time; at least that what I know.

Is there a way to RDP into my PC, then RDP into other servers and have multiple RDP windows, as I would if I were sitting at my PC at work.  Or is only one at a time the option?

For instance, I RDP into my workstation, then from my workstation I RDP into the Exchange server, the top window w/the pin tack? displays the name of my work PC not the Exchange server & I'd like to be able to jump from one to the other without having to close Exchange, go to my PC, reopen Exchange, etc....is there a way to do that within Citrix, or is the way I'm going about it, IT?
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You can basically run remote desktop connection (or terminal server remote client) from your pc as many times as you'd like.  Can you get back to your pc desktop while logged into the 1st rdp'ed into machine from your pc?

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No, I can't get back to the first RDP, once I RDP into my desktop from Citrix, and then from my desktop RDP into a server, I have to log off ther server to get back to my desktop.  Is there a setting I'm missing w/in RDP about making the windows smaller? B/c I can't go from one to the other.  As I said, if I were actually sitting at my PC, I would be able to have as many RDP windows open as I want, when I remote through Citrix, it doesn't appear as though I have the option to have more than one at a time.
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perhaps alt+home will bring you to your pcs desktop or ctrl+alt+break will put that ts window such that you can minimize it and get back to your pc.

http://www.sessioncomputing.com/keyboard.htm

-gsgi
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ctrl+alt+break, minimizes the current RDP session.  So, I attempted to select the RDP application from the Citrix menu to attempt to RDP into my desktop, but once logged in the window that appeared was the server I was logged into....
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right, then minimize that and you should be on your pc at work, ready to blast up anther rdp to another server. -gsgi
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NOPE!
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OK GOT IT!

If I change the Display settings in RDP from Full Screen to say 800x600, I can have one RDP open, while I have the full screen of my desktop in the background....Never know why I never thought about changing the display settings.  But, I have all the RDP's as shortcuts on my PC desktop.  So, i'll have to remember to change them when i Citrix into my work PC.

Thanks for keeping me on my toes gsgi!
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Yeah and what I do is set up connection icons with the 800x600 preset.  I used the terminal server connection client to make these little icons.

http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;300847&sd=tech

http://jrm.phys.ksu.edu/Tutorial/TerminalServices.html
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when i use this step in your first posting
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;300847&sd=tech

To Create a Connection to the Terminal Services Server
1. Click Start, point to Programs, point to Terminal Services Client, and then click Client Connection Manager.
2. When the Client Connection Manager Wizard starts, click Next.
3. In the Connection name box, type a descriptive name for the connection.  
4. In the Server name or IP address box, type the server's name or IP address, or click Browse to search for the server. When you are done, click Next.
5. Leave all automatic logon information blank. Using automatic logon information might present a security problem if a non-administrator has access to the computer from which you run the client. Click Next.
6. Click a screen resolution that is appropriate for you. It is best to use the largest area you can select (the client does not let you select an area that is larger than your local screen can display). Do not select Full screen at this time; you can toggle between windowed and full screen modes later. Leaving the initial connection in a window helps reinforce the fact that you are working on a remote computer rather than your local workstation. Click Next.
7. Leave the Enable data compression and Cache bitmaps check boxes clear. They are useful only if you are working over a slow dial-up link. Click Next.
8. Leave the Start the following program check box clear. You want the client to display the server's desktop. Click Next. Change the icons if you want to. Click Next. Click Finish to complete the wizard.

That's not exactly what I'm looking for.

What I found about resizing the display on the RDP before connecting is more along the lines of what I was looking for.
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#6. Click a screen resolution that is appropriate for you. It is best to use the largest area you can select (the client does not let you select an area that is larger than your local screen can display). Do not select Full screen at this time; you can toggle between windowed and full screen modes later. Leaving the initial connection in a window helps reinforce the fact that you are working on a remote computer rather than your local workstation. Click Next.

from the Microsoft posting:
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;300847&sd=tech

was what I needed.
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