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Windows 7: Windows 7 Remote Desktop question/problem

16 Nov 2009   #11
ajm786

Windows 7 x64 Ultimate
 
 

To simplify:

I have a computer, System A, with 1 monitor. I want to RDC into a computer, System B that has 2 monitors. How can I see the entire desktop of System B on System A?

Thanks!


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16 Nov 2009   #12
kegobeer

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Have you reviewed this?

Remote Desktop Services (Terminal Services) Team Blog : Using Multiple Monitors in Remote Desktop Session

I'm wondering if the lack of an additional monitor on the laptop is causing the problem. Since I don't have the hardware to test this, I'm just guessing that there is no support for viewing more than one monitor from the host on the client, if the client only has one monitor - everything will just get squished together.
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16 Nov 2009   #13
ajm786

Windows 7 x64 Ultimate
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by kegobeer View Post
Have you reviewed this?

Remote Desktop Services (Terminal Services) Team Blog : Using Multiple Monitors in Remote Desktop Session

I'm wondering if the lack of an additional monitor on the laptop is causing the problem. Since I don't have the hardware to test this, I'm just guessing that there is no support for viewing more than one monitor from the host on the client, if the client only has one monitor - everything will just get squished together.
Yes, I reviewed that. The problem with that, and, for that matter, most of all articles about multi monitors and RDC, they seem to assume that BOTH the client and the server have multi monitors. But they don't specify which, if it's one or the other, or vice versa.
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16 Nov 2009   #14
kegobeer

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

The easiest thing to do is borrow another monitor and attach it to your laptop. See if the multi-monitor config works then.
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16 Nov 2009   #15
jimbo45

Linux CENTOS 7 / various Windows OS'es and servers
 
 

Hi there
I think RDP doesn't have all the video bells and whistles.

BUT what IS crazy is that if you have a VIRTUAL MACHINE running on your machine you've just RDP'd to you get the screen etc in all its gloriious technicolour and on the laptop it works on 2 monitors (if you expand the VM to full screen mode).

Crazy but true.


Here's a screenshot of an RDP session with SH__TE graphics with the Virtual machine running inside it displayed in glorious technicolor with Aero, desktop background and decent fonts.

So it must be something to do with the RDP itself.

Cheers
jimbo.


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08 Dec 2009   #16
moymike

Windows XP
 
 

Enabling /span or /multimon on Remote Desktop works a little different then what you are looking for.

If you remote from your dual screen desktop to your single screen laptop, enabling this feature would allow you to have a multi-screen view of your laptop.

It sounds like what you were hoping for is to remote from your laptop to your desktop, and to have a session that requires scroll bars to "see" the entires dual screen area that your desktop has. An option for doing that is to use "TightVNC".

I prefer Remote Desktop, and to handle the changes in the screen size/configuration, I use "Stardock Fences". This is a free product that adds some additional controls to your desktop. To save each desktop setup automatically, just select Tools - More Tools - Screen resolution changes...

When using Fences, I can switch between dual screen and Remote Desktop from my laptop, and all the icons on the desktop keep their positions for each resolution.
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08 Dec 2009   #17
ajm786

Windows 7 x64 Ultimate
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by moymike View Post
Enabling /span or /multimon on Remote Desktop works a little different then what you are looking for.

If you remote from your dual screen desktop to your single screen laptop, enabling this feature would allow you to have a multi-screen view of your laptop.

It sounds like what you were hoping for is to remote from your laptop to your desktop, and to have a session that requires scroll bars to "see" the entires dual screen area that your desktop has. An option for doing that is to use "TightVNC".

I prefer Remote Desktop, and to handle the changes in the screen size/configuration, I use "Stardock Fences". This is a free product that adds some additional controls to your desktop. To save each desktop setup automatically, just select Tools - More Tools - Screen resolution changes...

When using Fences, I can switch between dual screen and Remote Desktop from my laptop, and all the icons on the desktop keep their positions for each resolution.
This is an option. I will look into this.

I noticed something else. If I switch the host system on, but do NOT log in, and simply log in to the host from the client, the monitor schema on the host will be kept intact, as long as I logoff (not simply ending the session). I do not know if this is specific to Win7, but it works.
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