In this section, I’ll take a look at interacting with Terminal Services from the client’s perspective.
Windows XP comes with a built-in client that talks RDP, called Remote Desktop Connection. You can find it by selecting Start → All Programs → Accessories → Communications → Remote Desktop Connection. Executing the program brings up a screen such as that shown in Figure 10-2.
Figure 10-2. The basic Remote Desktop Connection screen
Enter a server name to establish a basic, no-frills connection to a machine. If you want to customize the environment you’re working in, click the Options button at the lower right of the Remote Desktop Connection box. You’re presented with a box with five tabs: General, Display, Local Resources, Programs, and Experience. Let’s walk through each tab.
On the General tab, you can choose the Terminal Services machine to log on to, and you can prepopulate the username, password, and domain so that you’re not prompted for this information over a slow link. You also can save the current settings to an RDP file which you can open later by clicking the Save As button, or you can open an existing RDP settings file by clicking Open.
On the Display tab, you can select the resolution (up to full screen at your current resolution) in which the session window will be displayed. You also can choose your color depth. You ...