Remote Desktop Protocol or MSTSC
Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) is a proprietary protocol developed by Microsoft, which concerns providing a user with a graphical interface to another computer. The protocol is an extension of the ITU-T T.128 application sharing protocol. Clients exist for most versions of Microsoft Windows (including Windows Mobile), Linux, Unix, Mac OS X and other modern operating systems. By default the server listens on TCP port 3389
As proprietor of RDP, Microsoft's implementations are an important benchmark. Microsoft currently refers to their official RDP server software as Remote Desktop Services, formerly 'Terminal Services'. Their official client software is currently referred to as Remote Desktop Connection, formerly 'Terminal Services
32-bit color support. 8-, 15-, 16-, and 24-bit color are also supported.
128-bit encryption, using the RC4 encryption algorithm, as of Version 6. Older implementations suffer from a man-in-the-middle vulnerability, which can allow an attacker to decrypt the encrypted streams by recording the encryption key as it is transmitted.
Audio Redirection allows users to run an audio program on the remote desktop and have the sound redirected to their local computer.
File System Redirection allows users to use their local files on a remote desktop within the terminal session.
Printer Redirection allows users to use their local printer within the terminal session as they would with a locally or network shared printer.
Port Redirection allows applications running within the terminal session to access local serial and parallel ports directly.
The clipboard can be shared between the remote computer and the local computer.
The following features were introduced with the release of RDP 6.0 in 2006:
Remote Programs: Application publishing with client-side file type associations.
Seamless Windows: Remote applications can run on a client machine that is served by a Remote Desktop connection.
Terminal Services Gateway: Enables the ability to use a front-end IIS server to accept connections (over port 443) for back-end Terminal Services servers via an https connection, similar to how RPC over https allows Outlook clients to connect to a back-end Exchange 2003 server. Requires Windows Server 2008
Support for remoting the Aero Glass Theme (or Composed Desktop), including ClearType font smoothing technology.
Support for remoting of Windows Presentation Foundation applications: Compatible clients that have .NET Framework 3.0 support will be able to display full Windows Presentation Foundation effects on a local machine.
Rewrite of device redirection to be more general-purpose, allowing a greater variety of devices to be accessed.
Fully configurable and scriptable via Windows Management Instrumentation.
Improved bandwidth tuning for RDP clients.
Support for Transport Layer Security (TLS) 1.0 on both server and client ends (set as default).
Multiple monitor support. Spread session across two monitors
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Download Remote Desktop Connection 7.0 for XP - Vista
This article discusses the Remote Desktop Connection (RDC) 7.0 client update that enables you to use the new Remote Desktop Services features. These features are introduced in Windows 7 and in Windows Server 2008 R2. These features are available for computers that are running Windows XP Service Pack 3 (SP3), Windows Vista Service Pack 1 (SP1), and Windows Vista Service Pack 2 (SP2).
The RDC 7.0 client can be used to connect to legacy terminal servers or to remote desktops as before. However, the new features that are mentioned in this article are available only when the client connects to a remote computer that is running Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008 R2.
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Remote Desktop Connection 7.0 Client Update for Windows XP, x86-based version
Remote Desktop Connection 7.0 Client Update for Windows Vista, x86-based versions
Remote Desktop Connection 7.0 Client Update for Windows Vista, x64-based versions
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