When I connect to a remote Windows 7 using as FROM a Windows 7 machine, I can copy paste files between machines. How can I enable that feature while using as FROM Ubuntu?


You can do it with FreeRDP (freerdp-x11 package) via terminal:

xfreerdp +drives /u:username /v:server_address:server_port

+drives tells FreeRDP to connect all your local drives.

If you dont have it you can install it:

sudo apt-get install freerdp-x11
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    would you mind if I ask what can be the reason of this problem on connection? I type xfreerdp -u dk -p '1234!56' +drives example.com but it gives me the error transport_connect: getaddrinfo (Name or service not known) Error: protocol security negotiation failure – Dmitry Koroliov Mar 26 '14 at 1:52
  • Your error can have many reasons. You can try to explicitly set protocol security other than negotiate (which is default) with switch /sec:<rdp|tls|nla|ext> force specific protocol security. You can also look at this question askubuntu.com/questions/157723/…, even if it seems it is not directly related to your problem – betatester07 Mar 26 '14 at 10:45
  • And you should open separate question, comments are not designed for asking another questions! You will also get more attention with separate question. – betatester07 Mar 26 '14 at 10:46
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    actually I thought that this comment is related to this answer, so I posted it here. In my case everything is fine after removing +drives. Could you tell me where did you get this option? Cause I do not see it in the --help prompt – Dmitry Koroliov Mar 26 '14 at 11:53
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    sorry, you didn't mentioned that without +drives it works. You should find official documentation here: github.com/awakecoding/FreeRDP-Manuals/blob/master/User/… – betatester07 Mar 26 '14 at 15:30

Thank you @betatester07 for this +drives hint! My hints below:

  • You can also use /drive:name,mountpoint directive to provide only a given path to a remote client :-)
  • You can put all parameters into a text file (i.e. ~/client.rdp with each parameter into single line) to have your favorite configuration stored and quickly accessed:

Now you can now simply connect each time with:

xfreerdp ~/client.rdp

Tested on FreeBSD :-)


As a plus side, I wrote a script for the business I work for. That has a Virtual Desktop Infrastructure based on windows. I wrote it to use on Debian based thin-clients(can probably be adapted for other distros with minor changes). It adds a small GUI wizard for your connection.

Supports most common options : Options:

  • -u => Set Username
  • -p => Set Password
  • -d => Set Domain
  • -h => Set Host
  • -k => Enable Persist Mode which relaunches the prompt whenever you close your connection
  • -l => Enable Drives Redirection
  • -v => Enable Debug Mode Input commands sent are stored in log/rdp/
  • -i => Install Script as Binary
  • -r => Remove Installation
  • -m => Enable Multi-Monitor
  • -a => Set Alternate Port


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