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Is there a way to remote access a Windows 7 machine from Ubuntu Linux using RDP (Remote Desktop Protocol)?

I use "mstsc.exe" for Windows to Windows connections. What is the equivalent of "mstsc.exe" that I can easily run from Ubuntu?

marked as duplicate by soandos, studiohack Aug 11 '11 at 0:32

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rdesktop is the ticket my friend. It rocks.

apt-get install rdesktop


$ rdesktop [hostname]

and of course 'rdesktop --help' will explain how to use it. Here's some extra docs for you. Those extra docs refer to "Terminal Server Client" too:

Terminal Server Client (Applications > Internet > Terminal Server Client) is a GUI front-end to VNC and rdesktop

You can install that through the software center and use it if the command-line calls are too disconcerting.

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    If its over a wan, rdesktop -Pz hostname enables bitmap caching and compression, making the thing much more bearable. – crasic Aug 11 '11 at 0:28
  • +1 @crasic - neat, didn't know that. I always remotely access through ssh tunnels and I just compress those (probably is about the same speed ad I bet both methods apply gzip). – James T Snell Aug 11 '11 at 0:30
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    ssh won't do on-disk caching though, so you would at least benefit from the -P flag – crasic Aug 11 '11 at 0:37
  • @crasic: Ahh good point. – James T Snell Aug 11 '11 at 1:55
  • Could one use rdesktop to connect to Windows instances of Azure / Google Cloud / AWS using RDP? – Royi Dec 15 '17 at 9:48

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