View Full Version : [all variants] [SOLVED] Rdesktop "Start a Program" problem W2K8

January 2nd, 2009, 09:39 PM
I've tried searching for a solution to this but haven't found anything relating to the specific issue I'm facing.

I can RDP fine into a Windows 2K8 box and a W2k3 SBS box. I'd like to have the login automatically launch a program installed on the computer. As a test I'm using notepad.

If I run these commands pointed at the 2k3 box they work well enough. If I point it at the 2k8 box it doesn't work. I get logged in but the desired app never launches. Below are the commands. Has anyone else seen this and found a way around it? I'm not sure if this would behave the same way in Vista.

On the Windows 2003 SBS box

rdesktop -s "C:\windows\notepad.exe" ComputerName -d DomainName -u UserName

For the Windows 2008 box (had to modify path as notepad's not in the same place

rdesktop -s "C:\windows\system32\notepad.exe" ComputerName:PortNum -d DomainName -u UserName

I am able to get the desired results from a Windows box and a OS X Leopard RDP client

January 3rd, 2009, 01:38 AM
Just a shot in the dark, but are you logging in as administrator? If not, have you tried that?

January 3rd, 2009, 01:44 AM
interesting, have a look here:


search for "Start program on connection" does not work."

January 3rd, 2009, 03:59 AM
I've tried logging in as several users, all of them have admin rights on the box. I haven't tried the local administrator account, but those I've used are members of the group which has local administrator rights.

I read most of the linked article. It seems that the one person wasn't getting where they wanted because they didn't have RemoteApp manager running. I do have it enabled, and the clients which connect from other OS's work, however they were both made by MS.

Thanks for the response. Any other thoughts?

January 6th, 2009, 09:10 PM
I'm a moron the problem turned out to be that I was pointing the command at the wrong server. Apparently Windows Server 2008 requires that the RemoteApp manager roll be defined to enable the "Start a Program" feature. From what I can tell this doesn't seem to be the case with 2k3 (I could test 2K3 SBS, and 2k3 storage server)

Thanks for the help though...