Remote Desktop Connection To Windows Server

Remote Desktop Connection To Windows Server

 

In order to manage a remote Windows server, the administrator can connect to the server using a remote connection application such as Terminal Service (Remote Desktop Connection), the default remote desktop client in Windows.

 

 

All screenshots in this guide are made using Windows 7, and may look slightly different according to your Windows OS version and your current Desktop Theme.

  

 

Establish Remote Desktop Connection

1

Go to Start > All Programs > Accessories and click Remote Desktop Connection. Alternatively, type mstsc in the ‘Run' field...

...and hit Enter.

2

Enter the server IP address in the Computer field and click Connect:

 

 

For most users, the default connection settings are sufficient. If you prefer to customize the remote experience, click Options to change the display configuration, local and remote resource usage, etc.

 

3

A notification message appears asking you to confirm that you trust the remote computer. As long as this is your server and you are connecting from a trusted local computer, you can mark the Don't ask me again for connections to this computer checkbox(optional), and click Connect again.

4

Enter server login credentials.

 

 

Save Connection Settings (Create RDP Profile)

1

Go to Start > All Programs > Accessories and click Remote Desktop Connection.  

 

Click Options.

2

Under General tab, enter the IP address of your server into the Computer field, then enter your remote user in the User name field and check the Allow me to save credentials checkbox.  

 

Before saving the profile, you may customize the remote experience using the remaining tabs.

3

If you prefer to reduce the display size of the remote server from Full Screen to a resolution of your choice, then click Display tab and use the slider.

 

Unless your local computer is only capable of low resolution and color depth, we suggest keeping the color depth at Highest Quality setting.

4

To customize local and remote resource behavior, click Local Resources tab.

 

·      By default, the server's audio outputs through the local computer's speakers.  You can change this setting in the Remote audio section.

·      The Keyboard section allows you to change how Windows key combinations (e.g. Alt + Tab) are applied.  You can choose to apply it to: Local Computer, Remote Server, or Only when using the full screen.

·       To share local computer devices and resources with the remote server, check the appropriate ones in the Local devices and resources section.  In addition to Printers and Clipboard, Ports and Drives can also be shared. Click More... to select the appropriate drives.

5

Return to the General tab.  In the Connection settings section click Save as..., enter a name for the session and click Save.

 

Click Connect.

6

Enter password and check Remember my credentials.  

 

Click OK.

7

You can create as many profiles as you need.

 

These steps can be repeated for every set of server credentials you want to save. If you want to connect using a stored session -> open Remote Desktop Connection, click on Options, then click on Open under the General Tab, and choose the desired saved file with “.rdp” extension.

 

 

Open Saved Profile

1

Go to Start > All Programs > Accessories and click Remote Desktop Connection.

 

Click Options.

2

Under the General tab, click Open
  

3

Locate the saved profile (*.rdp) file in your computer and click Open.

 

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