This article was previously published under Q309375
This article describes the "Connect to Console" mode for use with a Remote Desktop connection.
The Adminpak.msi file that is available for Windows XP is commonly used to remotely run administrative tasks on Microsoft Windows 2000-based and Microsoft Windows Server 2003-based computers and domains. The Adminpak.msi file includes a version from the Tsmmc.msc file that is called Remote Desktops. This tool (formerly known as Terminal Services Connections) is available as an MMC snap-in.
Windows Server 2003 provides the ability to connect to the console (session 0) of a computer by using a Remote Desktop connection. Because of this, a Connect to Console check box is available in the user interface, but this feature only works when you connect to a Windows Server 2003-based computer.
It is still possible to use the Remote Desktop tool to connect to a computer that is running Microsoft Windows NT 4.0, Terminal Server Edition, or Windows 2000 Server with Terminal Services enabled, but this creates a regular Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) session. The option to connect to the console session is ignored.
However, if you connect to a Windows XP Professional-based computer with Remote Desktop enabled, you will always connect to the console session whether or not the Connect to Console check box is selected because Windows XP Professional allows only this one specific remote desktop connection.