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Difference between MSTSC/console and Remote Desktop Connection

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Hey Guys,

Just one query here what is the difference between mstsc/console and Remote desktop Connection in Win Xp or Win Server 2003 while connecting to a remote computer or server. If I m not clear with the question please do let me know.
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Qlemo earned 50 total points
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mstsc.exe *is* Remote Desktop Connection.
If you type a ip address and append /console in RDP Client, that's the same as mstsc /console.

If targeting a XP or Vista pc, no difference in any case
If targeting wiin2003, /console connects you with the interactive session of that server, while without /console you will get a separate session.
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by:faisal_n_k
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Thanks buddy I was able to find out the answer in one of the other posts here on the experts but ethically the points are yours.

Cheers buddy take care
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by:faisal_n_k
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Hey buddy from this sol one question more arises in my mind lets say if some application is running on some machine and I connect using the same username and password as logged on that machine using "RDC" then I log off will the session active on that machine also log off and the application running will stop and to avoid it do we use the MSTSC/console.

Cheers
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To earn my points :-), I have to answer ...

If you are using RDP, in ANY case take care of your logoff. Logoff should only be used on non-console, temporarily used  sessions. If you log off, the applications will indeed terminate, even if you take over a session from another user. If everything should run as before, just CLOSE RDP session, this will leave the session alive.

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Following by faisal_n_k question I have some Crystal Report files that run well under non-console sessions but the same reports are not working under console session. Can you please explain?
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by:Cyber IT
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Im trying to connect to a Server 2003 by using the Remote Desktop Connection.  How can I connect to the console every time instead of a seperate connection every time?
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