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Save /admin /console setting in RDP


When using Microsoft Remote Desktop to connect to remote computers, you can force the option to connect to the console session by using the /admin switch (or /console switch if you run older versions of the terminal services client.)

You used to be able to use the setting:

  1. connect to console:i:i

to save the option in an RDP file. This stopped working in the latest version of the RDP client (version 6.1).

After doing a lot of research (I don’t know why Microsoft doesn’t just list the current available options for RDP saved sessions!) I finally found out how to save this option in the current version of the RDP client from this obscure posting.

To save the “connect to console” setting — essentially forcing the “/admin” switch, put this line in your RDP file:

  1. administrative session:i:1

Comments (24) »

  1. Andrew says:

    Thank you for sharing this – I added it to the bottom of a saved .RDP and it worked a charm!

  2. Brambilla Gian Luca says:


  3. Masoud says:

    thank you very much.

    this helped me alot ^_^

  4. Michael Corban says:

    Thank you so much for this post I have looked for no kidding two years for this fix!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  5. Ramesh says:

    Thank you for sharing a very useful tip.

  6. Jeny Koruth says:

    Thank you very much. Now I can start using RDP files again after, what, about 2 years. I was stuck with mstsc with the ‘/admin’ option every time I had to connect (which is multiple times/multiple servers a day).

  7. Pawel says:

    Your post helped me a lot, thanks!

  8. Patrick says:

    Thanks a lot!

  9. Predrag says:

    Excellent, brilliant, perfect

  10. Here is what I did along with your help. (Thank you very much!!!!)
    I added /admin to the end of the target with in the properties of RDP. works like a charm. thanks again!!!!!!!!!!

  11. ppap says:

    That`s really work. Thanks.

  12. Muhammed Ali says:

    This solution is perfect and saved my life. Many thanks. Great!

  13. Usman Malik says:

    Thank it solved my problem :)

  14. John says:

    Still works in Windows 10 RDPs, thanks for the reminder!

  15. Krisz says:


  16. Martin Falkenberg says:

    Thank you for this old advice :)
    Got the “problem” after setting up a RDS farm.

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