Automatically login to Windows and start an RDP session

We are trying to use a fat Win7 workstation basically as a thin client and force it to automatically login to an RDP session to a 2003 Terminal Server.  We have a local group policy to restrict the local Windows desktop and have created a .rdp file for the connection and put it in the startup folder for that user that we are automatically logging into windows with.  Is there a better way, more reliable way?  Is there a way to restart the session automatically if the user closes it?
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I'd look at using a scripting lang. I like AutoIT and can do simple things like mouse clicks and monitoring open windows. You could totally do something to monitor for a window title bar and then re-open it if it closes and then log in by inputting the username and password all at once.
Change the Shell to "mstsc.exe" "c:\RDPFiles\Server.rdp"

That will prevent Explorer from running.... Hence no TaskBar/Start Button etc....

Different Shells for Different Users

Still applies to Windows 7 .....

Then, for added security.....

Make sure they are a limited user......

And apply the following....





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ClearBlueTechnologiesAuthor Commented:
Two very good options.  Thanks for the suggestions.  We will evaluate both.
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