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Hack the Remote Desktop .RDP file

Posted by jpluimers on 2016/01/01

Glad I found out about the string to add to a .RDP file to make it connect to the administrative console whenever your remote supports that:

connect to console:i:1


via: Hack the Remote Desktop .RDP file.

One Response to “Hack the Remote Desktop .RDP file”

  1. jpluimers said

    Interesting comments at

    Joe C. Hecht:
    I don’t know if this is helpful, but I use this code on a remote machine (run as admin) to log out of a remote desktop and return the screen back to the way it was on login:

    for /f “usebackq skip=1 tokens=3” %%i in (query user %USERNAME%) do %windir%\System32\tscon.exe %%i /dest:console

    @echo off
    %windir%\System32\tscon.exe 0 /dest:console

    Jeroen Wiert Pluimers:
    +Joe C. Hecht Please enlighten me: what do these scripts result in? (I’ve never used tscon)

    Joe C. Hecht:
    +Jeroen Wiert Pluimers Certainly sir! When I RDP into another machine, then close the connection, the machine I RDP’d into goes to a log-in screen. I use the scripts on the remote machine to close the session, and return the remote machine to the desktop (sans log in screen). I suppose your mileage might vary vary. I do a lot of RDP and VNC sessions, and found the scripts very handy.

    Jeroen Wiert Pluimers:
    +Joe C. Hecht but then: do you still have an RDP connection? And is that connected to the “console” session? Does it require elevated permissions? If so: how to redirect the session for a user that has no elevation rights?

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