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xfreerdp connection string
posted on 2016-06-29 03:20

xfreerdp is superior to rdesktop, as it can be used for connecting to a Microsoft VDI (Virtual Desktop Structure). rdesktop can be used for connections to terminal servers, however does not work with a VDI where you connect to a connection broker, and be handed off to another virtual machine afterwards.

All this was tested on debian 8 with version 1.1.0 of the freerdp-x11 package.

This is the most practical example I have found so far:

nohup xfreerdp --plugin cliprdr --ignore-certificate -g 3200x1750 -u USER -d DOMAIN -p $(cat PASSWORDFILE) SERVERNAME-OR-IP &>/dev/null &

It so

  • starts in the background (&)
  • detached from the current console (nohup)
  • without spamming the nohup.out logging by redirecting STDOUT and STDERR (&>/dev/null)
  • using clipboard exchange (--plugin cliprdr)
  • without prompting for acceptance of self-signed certificates (--ignore-certificate)
  • and a certain resolution (-g 3200x1750)

Especially the --ignore-certificate flag and the --plugin cliprdr were a damned pain to find, since the xfreerdp documentation and the man pages are just plain wrong. Let alone mixing three different flagging notations (--XXX, +XXX, /:XXX) being a sign of a really seriously fucked up user interface.

xfreerdp: clear known hosts
posted on 2015-11-11 10:29:15

When using the 'FreeRDP X11 client' alias xfreerdp, when servers have changed (reinstalled, but IP's did not change), you might run into ssh auth errors.

Possible the known_hosts keyfile has to be cleared. But xfreerdp does not use the default ssh file... instead, to clear, do:

> ~/.config/freerdp/known_hosts

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