RDP2MSI creates MSIs for deploying RemoteApp and Remote Desktop connections.

It will create an MSI that can deploy an RDP file to another computer and create shortcuts in the Start Menu and on the Desktop.

Most of the features of RDP2MSI are now included as part of RemoteApp Tool but if you still require the standalone RDP2MSI, a re-written version of RDP2MSI is also included with the RemoteApp Tool program files. The new version is very similar to the old version, however, if you have any issues with it, please report them on the forum.

To use it, simply drag your RDP file onto RDP2MSI.exe and an MSI will be created in the same folder as the RDP file.

Advanced usage
There are more options available when you run the app from the command line:

Usage: rdp2msi.exe [/DSNATU] rdpfile.rdp


  /D     MSI will deploy desktop shortcut.
  /S     MSI will deploy shortcut in Start Menu > Programs > (AppName)
  /N     Requires /S. MSI will not create subfolder in Start Menu > Programs.
  /A     Generate upgrade code based on app name. By default, it is random.
  /T     Do not include the (remote) tag on deployed shortcuts.
  /U     MSI installs per-user. By default, MSI will install per-machine.

If no switches are specified, /DS is implied.

If an ICO file with the same name as the RDP file exists, it will be used.

If you want to deploy an icon for your RemoteApp connection, you need a .ico file in the same folder and with the same name as the RDP file.

eg. if you have evernote.rdp, you would need to have an icon file evernote.ico in the same folder.

The WiX Toolset
RDP2MSI uses WiX to create the MSI. This is a free tool available for download.