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January 22, 2011 · Remote Desktop Microsoft Azure

Azure Remote Desktop: "An error occurred while loading from file *.rdp"

Tonight I deployed a new hosted service where I needed remote desktop to check on some things. After enabling Remote Desktop and opening the connection via the Management Portal the following error showed up:

I tried unlocking the file since it came from the internet (Right click, Properties) and renaming the file to a shorter name but nothing seemed to help. Google didn’t return many results on this error except for the following thread:


In this thread Allen Chen stated that you had to rename the role instance to something less than 28 characters. Even though the name of my role was only 24 characters I made it shorter and yes… Remote Desktop worked! So to make this work you’ll need to rename the project(s) that you linked to the Azure project in Visual Studio 2010.


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