Tuesday, October 22, 2013

RDP into Windows from native Linux or from Linux XRDP session

If you are doing VDI using Ubuntu XRDP you get a nice security gain: No clipboard allowed out of the box. However that might be also an issue for developer productivity.

You can always connect to your Windows based VDI via RDP using rdesktop though, and when doing so you will have access to the clipboard. After all in a Corporate environment most likely you are using Exchange; since Microsoft Outlook is the perfect client for it perhaps it makes sense just to RDP into Windows after all to send those emails sharing some snippets of code with your colleagues.
$ rdesktop -g 90% -d myDomain -u myUser -p - rdp.sample.com
This starts an RDP session in a window taking 90% of the current Linux box.

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