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What benefits/risks does the /admin switch for mstsc.exe confer? How is this different from logging in with an Administrator account, without the switch?

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The /admin switch doesn't confer any administrative permissions or rights. –  joeqwerty Jan 25 '11 at 15:45
@joeqwerty - I never meant to imply that it does, but thanks for the clarification. –  Iszi Jan 25 '11 at 16:30
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The (deprecated) MSTSC /console switch is now called the /admin switch:

In both Vista SP1 and Windows Server 2008, the Remote Desktop Program has been updated to version 6.1 (6.0.6001) and one of the changes is that the functionality previously associated with the /console switch is now called the /admin switch.

By using it you're connecting to the Console Session on the server.

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Actually it's a little more complex than just a replacement for the /console. Check out http://support.microsoft.com/kb/947723 for more info. /console is designed to connect you to session 0, but session 0 isn't used the same any more and is no longer needed.

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