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I work in a hybrid environment that has Microsoft Windows server with Terminal Server running. To access these servers from my Mac, I downloaded and compiled rdesktop. X11 is required, and I believe the SDK is also required for compilation. Then to execute and start a desktop with a Terminal Services enabled Windows server, I simply type:
  rdesktop server
and there you have it (please make sure your display is set correctly for X11!). Here is an output of the options for the rdesktop command:

% rdesktop 
rdesktop: A Remote Desktop Protocol client.
Version 1.2.0. Copyright (C) 1999-2003 Matt Chapman.
See http://www.rdesktop.org/ for more information.

Usage: rdesktop [options] server[:port]
   -u: user name
   -d: domain
   -s: shell
   -c: working directory
   -p: password (- to prompt)
   -n: client hostname
   -k: keyboard layout on terminal server (us,sv,gr,etc.)
   -g: desktop geometry (WxH)
   -f: full-screen mode
   -b: force bitmap updates
   -e: disable encryption (French TS)
   -m: do not send motion events
   -C: use private colour map
   -K: keep window manager key bindings
   -T: window title
   -D: hide window manager decorations
[robg adds: I haven't tried to compile rdesktop myself...]
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Use rdesktop to connect to Windows Terminal Services
Authored by: spacehaven on Dec 08, '03 11:26:41AM
On my Mac I use the Microsoft Remote Desktop Connection, while I use rdesktop on my Sun box. Both are stable, but the MS one seems a little faster -- maybe it uses some undocumented (or yet to be reverse-engineered) optimizations.

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Use rdesktop to connect to Windows Terminal Services
Authored by: britrock on Dec 08, '03 01:37:07PM

I use this as well, and its wonderful. Its very fast, lets you do full screen, and you don't need to have X running.



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Use rdesktop to connect to Windows Terminal Services
Authored by: imageworx on Dec 08, '03 01:48:03PM

Same here! I find it faster to use than RD on my P4XP Dell!
Its a simple, small download and requires a rather obtuse registration with Microsoft.
Because of it, I may finally rid my desktop of the Dell!
(well, not so fast..I still need it for HP Webdirect, Procurve and network hardware updating).

Sigh.

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To BeOS or Not to BeOS



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Use rdesktop to connect to Windows Terminal Services
Authored by: sdunn10 on Dec 08, '03 08:52:42PM

I would also recommend MS Remote Desktop Connection over rdesktop, particularly if you like to use extended desktop mode which I could never get rdesktop to understand (to be fair I didn't try very hard, MS RDC just works very well).
I used to use VNC on my work PC, but since I was upgraded to XP Pro I haven't turned back.
Be wary about mounting your Mac drives however, anyone that has access to your PC will have access to all the files on the mounted drive.



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Use rdesktop to connect to Windows Terminal Services
Authored by: heathpitts on Dec 08, '03 12:31:22PM

The biggest problem that I see with this is that with rdesktop, you can't specify it to mount shared drives and printers from your client machine as you can in the MS Remote Desktop Connection Client.



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Use rdesktop to connect to Windows Terminal Services
Authored by: n9yty on Oct 14, '04 10:21:31AM

You can do both prrinters and diisks with the current CVS version of rdesktop, it works great.

I even whipped up a shell script to parse out your local printer names and automatically generate the rdesktop invocation dynamically so when I connect all my local printers show up. I still have to make sure I pick the right driver in Windows, but it's a start.



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Use rdesktop to connect to Windows Terminal Services
Authored by: onnimikki on Dec 08, '03 01:00:19PM

So does anyone know where to get a cheap copy of Windows NT Terminal Server Edition? It has been "end-of-lifed", but I'm looking for something with a small footprint and it seems to fit the bill.



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Use rdesktop to connect to Windows Terminal Services
Authored by: osxpounder on Dec 08, '03 01:23:36PM

I'm curious to know the answer to this as well.

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cheap copy of Windows NT Terminal Server
Authored by: macubergeek on Dec 08, '03 04:58:37PM

ebay
but probably not very secure anymore. I'd suggest patching the bejeezus out of it.



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Use rdesktop to connect to Windows Terminal Services
Authored by: PigDawg on Dec 11, '03 11:31:55AM

A computer with Windows XP Pro allows one user to connect to that computer via Remote Desktop. I used it to work from home with my Mac all the time.



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does rdesktop supports Chinese login name?
Authored by: soarhevn on Dec 09, '03 12:19:49AM

Anyone know if this will work with a Chinese login name? I have tried and failed to login to my father-in-law's account which uses a Chinese username on XP using the MS RDC on Mac. No problem on Windows.



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Gotta start it from X11 Terminal
Authored by: leono on Oct 06, '04 11:30:00AM

Just in case you're like me... I tried to start rdesktop from the standard Terminal app, and I kept getting a message saying "ERROR: Failed to open display: localhost". Eventually I figured out that you have to fire up X11 and run rdesktop from the X11 Terminal.



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