Custom display sizes in Windows Remote Desktop.
Posted on 2007-03-30
We have a setup where I work that blends Windows Remote Desktop with work on the local desktop. It is mostly to the user's preference what they want to do where, but large, memory intensive programs are run in remote desktop. Meanwhile, users will run smaller programs on their local desktop.
We used to do this through Citrix, but after dealing with a host of problems, we opted to ditch Citrix in favor of RDP. The one distinct advantage Citrix had was that you could clearly see both desktops, in a way. If RDP resolution was set to match the local desktop's resolution (i.e. both were set at 1024 x 768) you could see the full Citrix desktop, taskbar, full windows, everything, but you could *also* see the local machine's desktop right below it.
Problem with RDP is that even if you match local and remote screen resolutions, horizontal and vertical scroll bars appear in RDP, as though you had actually set an RDP screen resolution that was larger than the local.
The alternative that gets rid of the scroll bars was, of course, full screen. But this throws the baby out with the bath water. You lose sight of your local taskbar as RDP dominates your screen.
So, is there ANY way to get remote desktop window that matches the user's screen size, while leaving the local machine's taskbar underneath? I would like to see two task bars--local and RDP.
Help is much loved.