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Remote Desktop Connection (RDC) - Network

How to Enable Windows to Make and Accept a Remote Desktop Connection
Published by NosferatuX
13 Feb 2009
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How to Enable Windows to Make and Accept a Remote Desktop Connection

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This tutorial will show you how to enable Remote Desktop Connection, and to connect remotely in Vista, Windows 7, and Windows 8.


warning   Warning
While all editions of Vista, Windows 7, and Windows 8 can be a remote desktop client...
  • Only the Vista Business, Ultimate, and Enterprise editions can host a remote desktop connection.
  • Only the Windows 7 Professional, Ultimate, and Enterprise editions can host a remote desktop connection.
  • Only the Windows 8 Pro and Enterprise editions can host a remote desktop connection.



FIRST
To Enable Remote Connection
1. Go to Control Panel>System>Advanced System Settings

2. Go to Remote tab.

3. Under Remote Assistance, put a check mark on Allow Remote Assistance connections to this computer.
Note: This automatically adds Remote Desktop exception to Windows Firewall.

4. Click on Apply.



OPTION ONE
To Connect to a Remote Desktop (Local Area Connectivity)
1. Go to Start>All Programs>Accessories>Remote Desktop Connection
NOTE: You could also press the Windows + R keys to open the Run dialog, type mstsc.exe, and press Enter.

2. Enter the Computer Name or IP address of the computer you wish to connect to.

3. For more connection options, click on Options
NOTE: Here you can save the connection profile, adjust display properties, run specified programs upon connection, adjust connection bandwidth, etc. For more information on specific tabs, click on Help.

4. Click on Connect.

5. Enter your log in credentials of a user account on the remote computer that is allowed to do a remote desktop connection.
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OPTION TWO
Enable Windows to Accept Remote Desktop Connection (Local Area Connectivity)
1. Go to Control Panel>System>Advanced System Settings

2. Go to Remote tab.

3. Under Remote Assistance, put a check mark on Allow Remote Assistance connections to this computer
Note: This automatically adds Remote Desktop exception in Windows Firewall.

4. Click on Advanced...

5. Put a check mark on Allow this computer to be controlled remotely.

6. Click on OK.
Note: This automatically adds Remote Assistance exception in Windows Firewall.

7. Remote Desktop Connection behind a router (Single computer)
A) Configure your router's port forwarding to allow connections on port 3389
B) Now in RDC just type the IP address supplied by your ISP
8. Remote Desktop Connection behind a router (Multiple computers)
A) For each computer you want to remotely connect to you have to configure each computer to listen to different ports to avoid port conflicts by changing the registry key in:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\System\CurrentControlSet\Control\TerminalServer\WinStations\RDP-Tcp\PortNumber

B) Port Numbers are in Decimal format
Note: To avoid conflict with other programs it is suggested to select a port between 49152 and 65535.

C) Now take that number you've chosen your computer to listen to and configure your router to port forward to that number

D) To connect to that computer your format will now be ISPIPAddress:PortNumber (ex. 222.222.2.8:1234) to connect to that specific computer behind the router
Important: If you have a firewall software running, that too has to be configured to allow communication to the port you opened in your router as well.

Note: The above steps assumes that you're not part of a domain.
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13 Feb 2009   #1
darkassain

Windows 7 Ult x64(x2), HomePrem x32(x4), Server 08 (+VM), 08 R2 (VM) , SuSe 11.2 (VM), XP 32 (VM)
 
 

nice tutorial there NosferatuX...
was just trying RDP the other day too....

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13 Feb 2009   #2
NosferatuX

Windows 7 Build 7048 x64
 
 

Thank you!
Thanks to Brad and Nigel for the encouragement and Shawn in making it look great!
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24 Feb 2009   #3
Digger

XP/win7 x86 build 7127
 
 

For the multiple computers step.... is that if you want multiple simultaneous connections on different stations on the lan?

What about with the same scenario, with incoming connections outside the lan. You would have to configure the router for each specified computer as well.

Something else thought up to complicate. What about a large lan with different pcs on different subnets. how would one pc find another on a different subnet? IP, name, or would you do better by setting up domains?

Am thinking you would/could have to port the 3389 to a different port for the switch of the different subnets. Useful if you dont want alot of bottlenecking in a particular area of the LAN. Allowing only one session to a grouped subnet while allowing multiple simultaneous sessions on another.

Hmmm... Nos, why is there a reason to do this reg hack in seven when MS released a RD 2.0 for macs that allow simultaneous connections to multiple windows based machines? Shouldnt this be available for 7 as well? Or is this a TS issue? If so, this is ludacris IMO

article here:
http://www.microsoft.com/mac/product...p/default.mspx
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24 Feb 2009   #4
NosferatuX

Windows 7 Build 7048 x64
 
 

Thank you for your question Digger...

Let's try to answer it point by point;

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Digger View Post
For the multiple computers step.... is that if you want multiple simultaneous connections on different stations on the lan?
No. That step is for simultaneous connections behind a router.

As long as all the computers are on the same network, multiple connections to different clients can easily be accomplished. Just open a different instance for each client you want to connect to.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Digger View Post
What about with the same scenario, with incoming connections outside the lan. You would have to configure the router for each specified computer as well.
Yes.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Digger View Post
Something else thought up to complicate. What about a large lan with different pcs on different subnets. how would one pc find another on a different subnet? IP, name, or would you do better by setting up domains?

Am thinking you would/could have to port the 3389 to a different port for the switch of the different subnets. Useful if you dont want alot of bottlenecking in a particular area of the LAN. Allowing only one session to a grouped subnet while allowing multiple simultaneous sessions on another.
As long as the different subnets are designed to communicate with each other, this wouldn't be a problem.

On a large corporate network, that have different/numerous subnets, even if it's geographically diverse, you would only need the Fully-Qualified Domain Name (FQDN) of the computer you need to gain access to or it's IP address, although in a large corporate environment, the use of IP addresses is not encouraged as IP leases are renewed regularly, regardless if its a desktop, laptop or mobile device.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Digger View Post
Hmmm... Nos, why is there a reason to do this reg hack in seven when MS released a RD 2.0 for macs that allow simultaneous connections to multiple windows based machines? Shouldnt this be available for 7 as well? Or is this a TS issue? If so, this is ludacris IMO

article here:
http://www.microsoft.com/mac/product...p/default.mspx
Regardless if its a Mac or a PC, the same rules apply when connecting to RDC Clients. Multiple connections apply to Mac host wanting to access multiple PC clients and vice versa easily as long as they're on the same network/domain.

I hope I've answered the questions satisfactorily. If you do have further questions or you'd want a more detailed explanation regarding the matter or other networking questions, I'd be most willing and happy to answer them for you.

Cheers
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24 Feb 2009   #5
Digger

XP/win7 x86 build 7127
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by NosferatuX View Post
Thank you for your question Digger...

Let's try to answer it point by point;



I hope I've answered the questions satisfactorily. If you do have further questions or you'd want a more detailed explanation regarding the matter or other networking questions, I'd be most willing and happy to answer them for you.

Cheers
Yes, answered very well Nos, thanks for the response. Yet to work with this in seven, and seen your tut and did some googling around. Nice job btw
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24 Feb 2009   #6
NosferatuX

Windows 7 Build 7048 x64
 
 

You're most welcome and thank you
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29 Jul 2009   #7
JustinHit

Windows 7/XP
 
 

Didnt work for me.
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31 Jul 2009   #8
hbode

win7
 
 

In my research I found references that remote access to a WIN 7 machine will only be available in the PRO version.
I downloaded the WIN 7 RC (I believe is the home version) and set up all the above settings to allow remote access. When I try to access the machine (from an XP machine on the same inhouse network) I get the the login screen asking for USER NAME and PASSWORD. I entered the User Name and Password that I use for a direct login on the machine and get a message that either User Name or Password are incorrect. Am I missing something in the setup?
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01 Aug 2009   #9
whiskey

windows 7
 
 

hi, does anybody know if it is possible to login on same computer using different accounts at the same time?
i would like to use my computer though remote connection, while anyone else use it.
i did all steps in the tutorial, but currently Windows 7 asks local user to disconnect when i'am logging in via remote desktop

thanks.
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