windows server. RDP session: clipboard problems

Users of 2008 R2 frequently express frustration using the clipboard during an connection. Similar circumstances occur when there are several open terminal sessions. This is the reason a straightforward copy/paste operation across an RDP session fails (copy on your machine, paste on a one, or vice versa). One link at a time, not all at once, can be impacted by such failures.

Users are compelled to log out in order to rejoin to the RDP server as a temporary solution (Log off). The issue with this approach is that you must stop all running applications and documents before connecting, which takes a lot of time. The copy/paste issue is typically resolved, albeit not always for long.

There is a solution to this problem – restarting the rdpclip.exe process. This process is responsible for the functioning of the clipboard in the terminal session – Clipboard. Each time the user connects or reconnects to the remote desktop, the process is restarted.

To restart the process, just launch the Task Manager in an RDP session by right-clicking on the taskbar and selecting the appropriate item from the menu.

In the Task Manager window that opens, on the Processes tab, right-click on the rdpclip.exe process. In the context menu, select End Process.

In the confirmation window that opens, select End Process.

The process is launched from the same Task Manager window. To do this, in the window menu, click on File -> New task (Run….).

In a new window, in the input field, write rdpclip.exe and click on the OK button.

In Server 2012, the process is called “RDP Clipboard Monitor”.

However, the file launch is similar to that discussed above.

is important to remember that the use of the clipboard must be enabled in the dial-up connection settings. Click on the “Show Options” button.

On the “Local Resources” tab, check the “Clipboard” checkbox.

The server settings must also allow the use of the clipboard. To do this, open Start -> Administrative Tools -> Remote Desktop Services -> Remote Desktop Session Host Configuration.

In a new window, by double-clicking on the existing connection settings, we call the RDP-Tcp Properties window.

Important! If the server is used as a terminal server, then you should select the connection point corresponding to it.

On the Client Settings tab, check the absence (!) of the checkbox next to the “Clipboard” item.


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