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==Introduction==
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[[http://www.rdesktop.org/ rdesktop]] is a free, open source client for Microsoft's proprietary RDP protocol released under the GNU General Public License.  Use rdesktop to connect to Windows 2000/XP/Vista/Win7 RDP server to remotely administrate the Windows box.
 
[[http://www.rdesktop.org/ rdesktop]] is a free, open source client for Microsoft's proprietary RDP protocol released under the GNU General Public License.  Use rdesktop to connect to Windows 2000/XP/Vista/Win7 RDP server to remotely administrate the Windows box.
  
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==Automatic Scaling of Geometry==
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In order to automatically scale the geometry to fit the screen, pass
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-g $(xrandr -q | awk '/Screen 0/ {print int($8/1.28) $9 int($10/1.2)}' | sed 's/,//g')
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to the rdesktop command lines.
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==remote desktop using netbios names instead of using IP address==
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If you don't know the IP address of a windows computer in a network, you have to enable wins support. To do so, you have to install samba. Enabaling wins in samba is surprisingly easy: just edit the /etc/samba/smb.conf and add the following line to it, or uncomment the appropriate line:
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wins support = yes
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then you have to install winbind
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and edit the /etc/nsswitch.conf
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and add the "wins" to the list of hosts.
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restart smbd and nmbd services and test your success by pinging a windows netbios host.
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== See also ==
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*[[xrdp]] a daemon creating an RDP interface to the X server

Revision as of 19:20, 3 January 2013

[rdesktop] is a free, open source client for Microsoft's proprietary RDP protocol released under the GNU General Public License. Use rdesktop to connect to Windows 2000/XP/Vista/Win7 RDP server to remotely administrate the Windows box.

Features

As of July 2008, rdesktop implements a large subset of the RDP 5 protocol, including:

  • Bitmap caching
  • File system, audio, serial port and printer port redirection
  • Mappings for most international keyboards
  • Stream compression and encryption
  • Automatic authentication
  • Smartcard support
  • RemoteApp like support called "seamless" mode via SeamlessRDP

Still unimplemented are:

  • Remote Assistance requests
  • USB device redirection

Support for the additional features available in RDP 5.1 and RDP 6 (including multi-head display spanning and window composition) also have not yet been implemented.

Installation

The packages for rdesktop are available in the extra repo; to install simply use pacman as you would any other package

# pacman -S rdesktop

Usage

For a complete listing of options see the rdesktop man page. Here is a typical line

$ rdesktop -g 1440x900 -P -z -x l -r sound:off -u windowsuser 98.180.102.33:3389

Reading form left to right:

-g 1440x900 Sets the resolution of the display to 1440x900
-P Enables bitmap caching/speeds up xfers.
-z Enables RDP datastream compression
-x l Uses the "lan" quality experience level, see the man page for additional options
-r sound:off Redirects sound generated on the server to null
-u windowsuser This defines the username to use when logging into the Windows box
98.180.102.33:3389 This is the IP address and port number of the target machine

Automatic Scaling of Geometry

In order to automatically scale the geometry to fit the screen, pass

-g $(xrandr -q | awk '/Screen 0/ {print int($8/1.28) $9 int($10/1.2)}' | sed 's/,//g')

to the rdesktop command lines.

remote desktop using netbios names instead of using IP address

If you don't know the IP address of a windows computer in a network, you have to enable wins support. To do so, you have to install samba. Enabaling wins in samba is surprisingly easy: just edit the /etc/samba/smb.conf and add the following line to it, or uncomment the appropriate line:

wins support = yes

then you have to install winbind and edit the /etc/nsswitch.conf and add the "wins" to the list of hosts.

restart smbd and nmbd services and test your success by pinging a windows netbios host.

See also

  • xrdp a daemon creating an RDP interface to the X server