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I have a remote computer that I would like to control from another computer with dual monitors.  I would like to have two separate applications from the remote computer be displayed on two different monitors on the console computer which has a dual-monitor video card.  If I use RDP or VNC it only displays on one monitor.  How can this be accomplished?  Do I need a dual monitor card in the remote computer?  Thanks.

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I haven't tried this, but normally to start a Remote Desktop session from the run box you would enter  mstsc . Instead enter  mstsc  /span   as per:
"Remote Desktop Connection supports high-resolution displays that can be spanned across multiple monitors. The monitors must be the same height and aligned vertically. To have the remote computer's desktop span two monitors, type Mstsc /span at the command line.
Note: This feature is sometimes called continuous resolution. To toggle in and out of full-screen spanned mode, press CTRL+ALT+BREAK."
from: http://windowshelp.microsoft.com/Windows/en-US/Help/f55326fa-e629-423b-abba-b30f76cc61e61033.mspx
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I will try it... but this appears to be for Windows Vista.  We are using WinXP Pro SP2.

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Interesting, link was cut an pasted from my note which I believe are at least 18 months old. I doubt Vista links existed then <G>
It definitely works better with Longhorn and Vista, but last time I posted for XP, user they accepted as good answer. I assume he tried it.
Certainly worth a shot.

I would recommend you install the newer Remote Desktop Client if you are not already using it:
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=26F11F0C-0D18-4306-ABCF-D4F18C8F5DF9&displaylang=en

If you are not sure which you have the new one has an "Advanced" tab with "Server Authentication" on it.
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Thanks bruno71. I hope it worked for you.
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Yes...it seemed to work good.  I manually set the screen size and other switches in a .BAT file to make the connection.  Thanks for your help.

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Great, glad to hear.
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