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Accidental closure of the command window in Server Core

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I have some server core boxes and the way I get to them is to RDP to a landing pad server which runs Windows Server 2003 SP2. From there, I RDP to the 2008 R2 Server Core boxes.

How do I re-open the command window on the Server Core instance if I accidently close it?

I have tried Ctrl + Alt + End but it only opens up on my Windows 2003 server (The first RDP in the chain) and not the Core server.
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Question by:mickdoc
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Ctrl + Shift + Esc only works if the RDP window to the Server Core machine is full screen: I normally set it to smaller than that but thanks for that link... didn't know about Ctrl + Shift  + Esc :)

Any ideas on how I can do it on a smaller, non-fullscreen window?

I could always close it and re-open it in full screen but if anyone knows a different way then I am all ears...
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by:kevinhsieh
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If you were first connecting to a Windows 2008/Vista box or better, you could use winrs to run text based commands and programs. I often use it to conenct to machines because it's faster then firing up an RDP session and waiting for the logon. The challenge is that you are first connecting to Windows 2003, which doesn't have the capability. I want to let you know about it, though, because it is really cool.

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dd163506.aspx
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