How to enable a local keyboard after an RDP connection
How can I enable a local keyboard active on a server after a Remote Desktop
Protocol (RDP) connection from another host?
If you are using the Remote
to remote control a workstation, then the local keyboard
and screen will be disabled. If you need a local user to participate, try using Windows Remote
Assistance rather than an RDP connection. Remote Assistance is a Windows feature that allows a user
to resolve troubleshooting issues by temporarily controlling a remote computer over a network or
If you are connecting to a Windows Server, then your RDP session will be a Terminal Services
session, which allows users to access applications and data over a network. In this case, a local
user can still log on for a local session (although they will be separate sessions).
This was first published in May 2009