Whether you're a developer, system administrator, IT consultant, or pretty much anyone whose work involves moving between remote sessions during the day, you know how much
of a pain that can be.
This article addresses some of these pains.
Like many others, I use Microsoft Remote Desktop quite a lot daily and while I think it's great in terms of speed (you can even pump video kinda sorta), it's awful in terms of usability.
Any half decent remote control solution these days has the ability to do one simple thing, scaling. You'd be hard pressed to both have a decent resolution for your remote session and not have scroll bars, especially on a laptop. And talking about resolutions, you probably noticed that you can't set custom resolutions either.
What you might not know is that Microsoft Remote Desktop supports both but won't let you use any of these options in the UI (because you know, that would be too easy).
Let's see how to do it.
Using the Code
Setting a custom resolution isn't that hard, but you would have to leave the comfort of the UI for the cold dark command line; once there, a simple switch of
/h: will give you your heart's desire. So, if I want to connect to the
with a resolution of 666x999, you would do as follows:
mstsc /v:BatComputer /w:666 /h:999
But that's getting there half way, what if you're on your laptop and you want enough real estate to work comfortably without going full screen and without scroll bars (God, I hate scroll bars)?
You need scaling.
To do that, you'll have to use the Remote Desktop UI, create and save a .rdp file with whatever settings you want, then open it and add this line:
Points of Interest
If you would like to further research this topic, the Columbus Remote Desktop open source project (http://crd.codeplex.com/) provides
quite a lot of insight and code for that.