Debian 8, Jessie, Enable RDP Server

/ The below is now “obsolete,” in my opinion – it will work, however,  you will not get sound redirection and performance is not as good as it can be due to this solution being routed over VNC. Check out my more-recent guide on using x11rdp, here.

As an avid, die-hard Windows user I struggle to make the move to VNC considering how fast RDP is in comparison. When I discovered it was possible to enable RDP support on Debian, I quickly set-to.

Install XRDP on Debian

This wil both install and configure XRDP:

sudo apt-get install xrdp

Fix Key-Mapping Issues

There is one “bug” with key-mapping that requires a custom key-map file to be used with XRDP specifically, the below is for en-GB / UK keyboards – save the below as km-0809.ini – see last step after text file contents!

[noshift]
Key8=0:0
Key9=65307:27
Key10=49:49
Key11=50:50
Key12=51:51
Key13=52:52
Key14=53:53
Key15=54:54
Key16=55:55
Key17=56:56
Key18=57:57
Key19=48:48
Key20=45:45
Key21=61:61
Key22=65288:8
Key23=65289:9
Key24=113:113
Key25=119:119
Key26=101:101
Key27=114:114
Key28=116:116
Key29=121:121
Key30=117:117
Key31=105:105
Key32=111:111
Key33=112:112
Key34=91:91
Key35=93:93
Key36=65293:13
Key37=65507:0
Key38=97:97
Key39=115:115
Key40=100:100
Key41=102:102
Key42=103:103
Key43=104:104
Key44=106:106
Key45=107:107
Key46=108:108
Key47=59:59
Key48=39:39
Key49=96:96
Key50=65505:0
Key51=35:35
Key52=122:122
Key53=120:120
Key54=99:99
Key55=118:118
Key56=98:98
Key57=110:110
Key58=109:109
Key59=44:44
Key60=46:46
Key61=47:47
Key62=65506:0
Key63=65450:42
Key64=65513:0
Key65=32:32
Key66=65509:0
Key67=65470:0
Key68=65471:0
Key69=65472:0
Key70=65473:0
Key71=65474:0
Key72=65475:0
Key73=65476:0
Key74=65477:0
Key75=65478:0
Key76=65479:0
Key77=65407:0
Key78=65300:0
Key79=65429:0
Key80=65431:0
Key81=65434:0
Key82=65453:45
Key83=65430:0
Key84=65437:0
Key85=65432:0
Key86=65451:43
Key87=65436:0
Key88=65433:0
Key89=65435:0
Key90=65438:0
Key91=65439:0
Key92=0:0
Key93=65406:0
Key94=92:92
Key95=65480:0
Key96=65481:0
Key97=65360:0
Key98=65362:0
Key99=65365:0
Key100=65361:0
Key101=0:0
Key102=65363:0
Key103=65367:0
Key104=65364:0
Key105=65366:0
Key106=65379:0
Key107=65535:127
Key108=65421:13
Key109=65508:0
Key110=65299:0
Key111=65377:0
Key112=65455:47
Key113=65514:0
Key114=0:0
Key115=65515:0
Key116=65516:0
Key117=65383:0
Key118=0:0
Key119=0:0
Key120=0:0
Key121=0:0
Key122=0:0
Key123=0:0
Key124=65027:0
Key125=0:0
Key126=65469:61
Key127=0:0
Key128=0:0
Key129=0:0
Key130=0:0
Key131=0:0
Key132=0:0
Key133=0:0
Key134=0:0
Key135=0:0
Key136=0:0
Key137=0:0

[shift]
Key8=0:0
Key9=65307:27
Key10=33:33
Key11=34:34
Key12=163:163
Key13=36:36
Key14=37:37
Key15=94:94
Key16=38:38
Key17=42:42
Key18=40:40
Key19=41:41
Key20=95:95
Key21=43:43
Key22=65288:8
Key23=65056:0
Key24=81:81
Key25=87:87
Key26=69:69
Key27=82:82
Key28=84:84
Key29=89:89
Key30=85:85
Key31=73:73
Key32=79:79
Key33=80:80
Key34=123:123
Key35=125:125
Key36=65293:13
Key37=65507:0
Key38=65:65
Key39=83:83
Key40=68:68
Key41=70:70
Key42=71:71
Key43=72:72
Key44=74:74
Key45=75:75
Key46=76:76
Key47=58:58
Key48=64:64
Key49=172:172
Key50=65505:0
Key51=126:126
Key52=90:90
Key53=88:88
Key54=67:67
Key55=86:86
Key56=66:66
Key57=78:78
Key58=77:77
Key59=60:60
Key60=62:62
Key61=63:63
Key62=65506:0
Key63=65450:42
Key64=65511:0
Key65=32:32
Key66=65509:0
Key67=65470:0
Key68=65471:0
Key69=65472:0
Key70=65473:0
Key71=65474:0
Key72=65475:0
Key73=65476:0
Key74=65477:0
Key75=65478:0
Key76=65479:0
Key77=65273:0
Key78=65300:0
Key79=65463:55
Key80=65464:56
Key81=65465:57
Key82=65453:45
Key83=65460:52
Key84=65461:53
Key85=65462:54
Key86=65451:43
Key87=65457:49
Key88=65458:50
Key89=65459:51
Key90=65456:48
Key91=65454:46
Key92=0:0
Key93=65406:0
Key94=124:124
Key95=65480:0
Key96=65481:0
Key97=65360:0
Key98=65362:0
Key99=65365:0
Key100=65361:0
Key101=0:0
Key102=65363:0
Key103=65367:0
Key104=65364:0
Key105=65366:0
Key106=65379:0
Key107=65535:127
Key108=65421:13
Key109=65508:0
Key110=65299:0
Key111=65377:0
Key112=65455:47
Key113=65512:0
Key114=0:0
Key115=65515:0
Key116=65516:0
Key117=65383:0
Key118=0:0
Key119=0:0
Key120=0:0
Key121=0:0
Key122=0:0
Key123=0:0
Key124=65027:0
Key125=65513:0
Key126=65469:61
Key127=65515:0
Key128=65517:0
Key129=0:0
Key130=0:0
Key131=0:0
Key132=0:0
Key133=0:0
Key134=0:0
Key135=0:0
Key136=0:0
Key137=0:0

[altgr]
Key8=0:0
Key9=65307:27
Key10=49:49
Key11=50:50
Key12=51:51
Key13=52:52
Key14=53:53
Key15=54:54
Key16=55:55
Key17=56:56
Key18=57:57
Key19=48:48
Key20=45:45
Key21=61:61
Key22=65288:8
Key23=65289:9
Key24=113:113
Key25=119:119
Key26=101:101
Key27=114:114
Key28=116:116
Key29=121:121
Key30=117:117
Key31=105:105
Key32=111:111
Key33=112:112
Key34=91:91
Key35=93:93
Key36=65293:13
Key37=65507:0
Key38=97:97
Key39=115:115
Key40=100:100
Key41=102:102
Key42=103:103
Key43=104:104
Key44=106:106
Key45=107:107
Key46=108:108
Key47=59:59
Key48=39:39
Key49=96:96
Key50=65505:0
Key51=92:92
Key52=122:122
Key53=120:120
Key54=99:99
Key55=118:118
Key56=98:98
Key57=110:110
Key58=109:109
Key59=44:44
Key60=46:46
Key61=47:47
Key62=65506:0
Key63=65450:42
Key64=65513:0
Key65=32:32
Key66=65509:0
Key67=65470:0
Key68=65471:0
Key69=65472:0
Key70=65473:0
Key71=65474:0
Key72=65475:0
Key73=65476:0
Key74=65477:0
Key75=65478:0
Key76=65479:0
Key77=65407:0
Key78=65300:0
Key79=65429:0
Key80=65431:0
Key81=65434:0
Key82=65453:45
Key83=65430:0
Key84=65437:0
Key85=65432:0
Key86=65451:43
Key87=65436:0
Key88=65433:0
Key89=65435:0
Key90=65438:0
Key91=65439:0
Key92=0:0
Key93=65406:0
Key94=124:124
Key95=65480:0
Key96=65481:0
Key97=65360:0
Key98=65362:0
Key99=65365:0
Key100=65361:0
Key101=0:0
Key102=65363:0
Key103=65367:0
Key104=65364:0
Key105=65366:0
Key106=65379:0
Key107=65535:127
Key108=65421:13
Key109=65508:0
Key110=65299:0
Key111=0:0
Key112=65455:47
Key113=65514:0
Key114=0:0
Key115=65515:0
Key116=65516:0
Key117=65383:0
Key118=0:0
Key119=0:0
Key120=0:0
Key121=0:0
Key122=0:0
Key123=0:0
Key124=65027:0
Key125=0:0
Key126=65469:61
Key127=0:0
Key128=0:0
Key129=0:0
Key130=0:0
Key131=0:0
Key132=0:0
Key133=0:0
Key134=0:0
Key135=0:0
Key136=0:0
Key137=0:0

[capslock]
Key8=0:0
Key9=65307:27
Key10=49:49
Key11=50:50
Key12=51:51
Key13=52:52
Key14=53:53
Key15=54:54
Key16=55:55
Key17=56:56
Key18=57:57
Key19=48:48
Key20=45:45
Key21=61:61
Key22=65288:8
Key23=65289:9
Key24=81:81
Key25=87:87
Key26=69:69
Key27=82:82
Key28=84:84
Key29=89:89
Key30=85:85
Key31=73:73
Key32=79:79
Key33=80:80
Key34=91:91
Key35=93:93
Key36=65293:13
Key37=65507:0
Key38=65:65
Key39=83:83
Key40=68:68
Key41=70:70
Key42=71:71
Key43=72:72
Key44=74:74
Key45=75:75
Key46=76:76
Key47=59:59
Key48=39:39
Key49=96:96
Key50=65505:0
Key51=35:35
Key52=90:90
Key53=88:88
Key54=67:67
Key55=86:86
Key56=66:66
Key57=78:78
Key58=77:77
Key59=44:44
Key60=46:46
Key61=47:47
Key62=65506:0
Key63=65450:42
Key64=65513:0
Key65=32:32
Key66=65509:0
Key67=65470:0
Key68=65471:0
Key69=65472:0
Key70=65473:0
Key71=65474:0
Key72=65475:0
Key73=65476:0
Key74=65477:0
Key75=65478:0
Key76=65479:0
Key77=65407:0
Key78=65300:0
Key79=65429:0
Key80=65431:0
Key81=65434:0
Key82=65453:45
Key83=65430:0
Key84=65437:0
Key85=65432:0
Key86=65451:43
Key87=65436:0
Key88=65433:0
Key89=65435:0
Key90=65438:0
Key91=65439:0
Key92=0:0
Key93=65406:0
Key94=92:92
Key95=65480:0
Key96=65481:0
Key97=65360:0
Key98=65362:0
Key99=65365:0
Key100=65361:0
Key101=0:0
Key102=65363:0
Key103=65367:0
Key104=65364:0
Key105=65366:0
Key106=65379:0
Key107=65535:127
Key108=65421:13
Key109=65508:0
Key110=65299:0
Key111=65377:0
Key112=65455:47
Key113=65514:0
Key114=0:0
Key115=65515:0
Key116=65516:0
Key117=65383:0
Key118=0:0
Key119=0:0
Key120=0:0
Key121=0:0
Key122=0:0
Key123=0:0
Key124=65027:0
Key125=0:0
Key126=65469:61
Key127=0:0
Key128=0:0
Key129=0:0
Key130=0:0
Key131=0:0
Key132=0:0
Key133=0:0
Key134=0:0
Key135=0:0
Key136=0:0
Key137=0:0

[shiftcapslock]
Key8=0:0
Key9=65307:27
Key10=33:33
Key11=34:34
Key12=163:163
Key13=36:36
Key14=37:37
Key15=94:94
Key16=38:38
Key17=42:42
Key18=40:40
Key19=41:41
Key20=95:95
Key21=43:43
Key22=65288:8
Key23=65056:0
Key24=113:113
Key25=119:119
Key26=101:101
Key27=114:114
Key28=116:116
Key29=121:121
Key30=117:117
Key31=105:105
Key32=111:111
Key33=112:112
Key34=123:123
Key35=125:125
Key36=65293:13
Key37=65507:0
Key38=97:97
Key39=115:115
Key40=100:100
Key41=102:102
Key42=103:103
Key43=104:104
Key44=106:106
Key45=107:107
Key46=108:108
Key47=58:58
Key48=64:64
Key49=172:172
Key50=65505:0
Key51=126:126
Key52=122:122
Key53=120:120
Key54=99:99
Key55=118:118
Key56=98:98
Key57=110:110
Key58=109:109
Key59=60:60
Key60=62:62
Key61=63:63
Key62=65506:0
Key63=65450:42
Key64=65511:0
Key65=32:32
Key66=65509:0
Key67=65470:0
Key68=65471:0
Key69=65472:0
Key70=65473:0
Key71=65474:0
Key72=65475:0
Key73=65476:0
Key74=65477:0
Key75=65478:0
Key76=65479:0
Key77=65273:0
Key78=65300:0
Key79=65463:55
Key80=65464:56
Key81=65465:57
Key82=65453:45
Key83=65460:52
Key84=65461:53
Key85=65462:54
Key86=65451:43
Key87=65457:49
Key88=65458:50
Key89=65459:51
Key90=65456:48
Key91=65454:46
Key92=0:0
Key93=65406:0
Key94=124:124
Key95=65480:0
Key96=65481:0
Key97=65360:0
Key98=65362:0
Key99=65365:0
Key100=65361:0
Key101=0:0
Key102=65363:0
Key103=65367:0
Key104=65364:0
Key105=65366:0
Key106=65379:0
Key107=65535:127
Key108=65421:13
Key109=65508:0
Key110=65299:0
Key111=65377:0
Key112=65455:47
Key113=65512:0
Key114=0:0
Key115=65515:0
Key116=65516:0
Key117=65383:0
Key118=0:0
Key119=0:0
Key120=0:0
Key121=0:0
Key122=0:0
Key123=0:0
Key124=65027:0
Key125=65513:0
Key126=65469:61
Key127=65515:0
Key128=65517:0
Key129=0:0
Key130=0:0
Key131=0:0
Key132=0:0
Key133=0:0
Key134=0:0
Key135=0:0
Key136=0:0
Key137=0:0

Copy to /etc/xrdp/ and restart the xrdp service.

cp km-0809.ini /etc/xrdp/
service xrdp restart

Tab-completion issues?

Open the Xfce Application Menu > Settings > Window Manager

Click on the Keyboard Tab and clear the “Switch window for same application setting.”