Remote Desktop Connection 6.0 Client Update

Microsoft has released a new Remote Desktop Connection 6.0 client, one that helps you use the new Terminal services features, that are introduced in Windows Vista and Windows Longhorn server, or whatever it is going to be called. They released clients for Windows XP 32 and 64 bit, and Windows 2003 32 and 64 bit. Some of the new features include Network Level Authentication, Server authentication, Resource redirection, Terminal Services Gateway (TS Gateway) servers, TS Remote Programs, Monitor spanning, and some Visual improvements.

Network Level Authentication is a new authentication method that finishes user authentication before you establish a full Remote Desktop Connection and the logon screen appears.

The advantages of using Network Level Authentication are as follows: It requires fewer remote computer resources at first. The remote computer uses a limited number of resources before it authenticates the user. In earlier versions, the remote computer starts a full Remote Desktop Connection.
It uses remote computer authentication that helps protect users from connecting to remote computers that are set up for malicious purposes.
To verify that a computer is running a version of Remote Desktop with Network Level Authentication, follow these steps:1. Click Start, click All Programs, click Accessories, and then click Remote Desktop Connection.
2. Click the icon that is in the upper-left corner of the Remote Desktop Connection dialog box, and then click About.
3. Make sure that the phrase “Network Level Authentication supported” appears. Source: Microsoft

KB article is here and the Windows XP 32 bit download is here.

Remote Desktop Connection (Terminal Services Client 6.0) provides a way to use any new Terminal Services features introduced in Microsoft Windows Vista and Microsoft Windows Server Code Name ?Longhorn? from a computer running Microsoft Windows XP with Service Pack 2 or Microsoft Windows Server 2003 with Service Pack 1.

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