Remote Desktop Linux with rdesktop

By | August 13, 2014

Today, we will take a look at a bit of connection and communication between Windows machines and Linux machines through the rdesktop (or you can say remote desktop). This tool make it possible to graphical client for Linux (for this tutorial we’ve taken Debian 7) to open a TSE session or Remote Desktop on a client machine or a Windows Server TSE. Here, we will see how simple it is:

Enable Remote Desktop (we are assuming that you are using Windows 8):

Initially, allow remote desktop connection on your machine (In case of another type of Windows edition then enabling remote desktop connection will be different). Right click on the Windows icon at the bottom left and the go to system:

  1. Now, go to “Settings for using Remote Desktop”
  2. Tick the button “Allow Remote Desktop Connections” and uncheck the box “Allow only the connection from computers running Remote Desktop with Network Level Authentication (recommended)”.

Note: Network Level Authentication (in short NLA) is a specific authentication between two Windows machines; this is a small authentication window which is often encountered when installing a network drive manually by instance. A Linux client does not support this authentication.

Using rdesktop

For you information, rdesktop tool is present on the most of Linux distribution with a graphical interface, though it is possible to install it if it’s not the case:

To launch it, nothing simpler, just enter the following command, if my Windows machine has the IP 10.10.10.10 just for the example:

Little trick to exist full screen mode, you must enter CTRL + ALT + ENTER. Though, this can be risky, because it can directly specify the username and password in the command line with the options u and p that you can specify the user without specifying his/her word Password:

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