Cannot use keyboard and mouse from Mac when using RDP through Microsoft Remote Desktop App for Mac

When accessing a server through PAM RDP proxy on Mac using Microsoft Remote Desktop App, we found that keyboard and mouse clicks do not work.
We cannot get past the Senhesaguera RDP proxy screen.

Same access works from a Windows machine.

Anyone else faced this issue?

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Hi @Ajeeth_Samuel,
you will need to install FreeRDP on BigSur.
Step for installation:

  1. Go to
  2. Copy the installation command:
    /bin/bash -c "$(curl -fsSL"
  3. Paste this command into your macOS Terminal
  4. Verify that brew is installed with the command:
    brew help
  5. Enter the command:
    brew install xquartz
  6. Enter the command:
    brew install freerdp
  7. Reboot the machine:
    now reboot.
  8. Run the command:
    xfreerdp / /relax-order-checks +glyph-cache +bitmap-cache

Thanks. I did not try the one suggested but got it working using rdesktop as below:

  1. Install MacPorts
    The MacPorts Project -- Download & Installation

  2. Install rdesktop
    sudo port install rdesktop

  3. Install Quartz (for X11)

  4. Reboot

  5. Run rdesktop from terminal or write a script
    rdesktop -g 1240x1024 -u PamUser[domain\[email protected]] -T WindowTitle -z <pam.server>


Thanks for sharing the solution!