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I sometimes need to connect to a machine using remote-desktop plus, and from there set up a new remote-desktop connection to yet another machine. Is there a way to automate this using commandline options or an .rdp file?

I can "automate" everything including logging in through a gateway like this:

rdp.exe  /v:some-host /u:DOMAIN\johndoe /p:NSAbackD00R /o:"gatewayhostname:s:remote-host.fqdn.tld, gatewayusagemethod:i:1, gatewayprofileusagemethod:i:1, promptcredentialonce:i:1"

It would be nice if it was possible to add some more options so that the second connection was setup automatically.

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  • added some details :) – user1151537 May 27 '14 at 12:14
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    I'm hoping that isn't a real password :) – Dave May 27 '14 at 12:16
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    Yes it is a real password, built into every system on the planet :) – user1151537 May 27 '14 at 12:19
  • I'm not sure how you achieve what you want, but, what if a script was run from the destination PC/Server when it detects a certain user logging in? – Dave May 27 '14 at 12:27
  • yeah thats probably possible, I was just hoping that someone already had made a simple solution :) – user1151537 May 27 '14 at 12:33
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That would be a significant security issue I would think if you could script access to several levels of nested server.

No, you cannot do this. What you could do if you have the rights is to add a scheduled task that runs at login on the remote servers that kicks off a connection to the next step.

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  • Why would that be a security issue? – user1151537 May 28 '14 at 7:35
  • You are effectively hoping from client A to server B then server C from a command on A, I'd need to think it through but that doesn't sound quite right to me I suspect you could easily end up with unexpected consequences. Each step should be in control of the connection to the next & I think your suggestion might undermine that. Not sure. Anyway, it can't be done. – Julian Knight May 28 '14 at 20:49
  • And? I gain access due to having credentials (password etc.) and every connection to C happens through B from A either way. Why would there suddenly be security issues or unexpected results just because I no longer would have to click icons? – user1151537 Jun 1 '14 at 4:32

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