Multi Monitor support in the Vista TS Client.

Multi Monitor support in the Vista TS Client.

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One of the new features of the Terminal Server/Remote Desktop Client in Windows Vista is the support for multiple monitors.  If the machine running the TS-Client has a multi-monitor configuration that creates one logical rectangle, then the TS-Client can span over all the monitors, creating one virtual desktop of the combined size.

For example, this configuration is suitable for multimon spanning:

 (-1024,0)         |
  --+--------------+------------------> x
    |              |              |
    |              |              |
    |              |              |
    |              |              |
    +--------------+--------------+ (1024,768)
                   | y
                   V

While this configuration is not suitable for multimon spanning:


    |
  --+--------------+--------------+---> x
    |              |              |
    |              |              |
    |              |              |
    |              |              |
    +--------------+ (1024,768)   |
    |              |              |
    | y            +--------------+ (2304,1024)
    V


You can access the functionality using commandline options, in one of two ways:
If you know the rectangle dimensions of your virtual desktop:


mstsc /w:2048 /h:768 /v:<servername>

or if you want mstsc.exe to figure-out the dimensions:

mstsc /span /v:<servername>

There are a few limitations of multi-monitor spanning:
* The maximum dimensions of the virtual desktop in a TS-Session is hard-coded to 4096x2048, regardless of the color-depth and the available resources on the remote machine.
* The remote session will see your virtual desktop as one giant display.This reduces the complexity of the multi-display implementation in the remote session, while still allowing the windowed mode of the TS-Client to
be functional and viable.

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  • The Software at www.murgee.com/MurGeeMon can be quite handy as well when having dual monitors on Vista or Windows 7 and even on Windows XP.

  • This is unbelievable.  In over a decade Microsoft still cannot deliver on the obvious requirements.  Having two monitors with precisely the same resolution and geometry defeats the purpose of having multiple monitors.  I require remote desktop to utilize both monitors in dual view mode (not span mode), and I know I speak for everyone here.

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