Just a quick note to call attention to an email that was sent to me by Brad Scott at UPS, just in case other people run into the same issue. Brad writes:
I am a big user of brianmadden.com and wanted to share this with you guys. You may already know this but I had to spend some time researching the problem because I installed XP SP3 and noticed the issue.
If you install SP3 for Windows XP or SP1 for Vista, the switch for connecting to a console via a RDP session apparently changes from /console to /admin. This means that if you use the /console switch it, it will be ignored and you will only have a regular RDP session. This also means that the current version of Remote Desktops from the 2003AdminPak and VisionApp v1.5 will no longer allow you to connect to the console even though you check the connect to console check box because they are using the old /console switch behind the scenes.
Scenarios for after XP SP3 or Vista SP1 install
If you are using….
mstsc /console then start using mstsc /admin
Remote Desktops … evidently Server 2008 AdminPak fixes the console check box but I have not tested it yet
VisionApp… no fix that I have seen as of yet.
Thanks for the heads up, Brad. I assume this problem also exists with iShadow and some of the other TS client vendors, but I'm not certain. Maybe if some of those vendors read this, they can let us know if there's a fix in the works. We'll talk to visionapp at BriForum next week, for sure.
Also, if anyone knows exactly why Microsoft made this change, I'd love to know. If nobody knows, I'll ask them at BriForum, too, then report back.