Wednesday, 27 February 2013

RDP Client in Windows 8 and Server 2012 Neat Features

While working from a Windows 8 Enterprise system here in the shop we connected remotely to a Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V environment that we are in the process of setting up for a new client.

A couple of neat new features in the MSTSC (Click Start (WINKey+R) –> Run –> mstsc [Enter]), that is the Microsoft Remote Desktop Connection Client (MicroSoft Terminal Services Client) are the following:


There is a little drop down menu available on the far left of the RDP status bar at the top of the session that gives us access to Windows 8/Server 2012 specific features.

The other thing we noticed was the “wireless” status bars to the right of the Pin.

Click on that and we see the following:


The drop down menu will certainly be handy for windowed RDP sessions since that is how we run most of our remote management sessions.

The connection status bars not so much. It is pretty obvious when we are having connection issues.

Have a great day and thanks for reading! :)

Philip Elder
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