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In this how-to, we will walk you through how to use Remote Desktop to access your Windows Server.
Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) is a proprietary protocol developed by Microsoft, which provides a user with a graphical interface to connect to another computer over a network connection. The user employs RDP client software for this purpose while the other computer must run RDP server software.
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How to Remote Desktop
All Windows computers come pre-installed with Remote Desktop Connection. You can find this by going to Start and typing “Remote Desktop Connection” or “mstsc.” Once you see Remote Desktop Connection, click on it to open.
When you have opened Remote Desktop Connection, you must enter the computer name or IP address of the computer/server. Once you have entered either one, then click Connect.
Once you have clicked on Connect, you will be prompted if you trust this connection. If you do and do not want to see this message again, check the box beside “Don’t ask me again for connections to this computer.” Also, if you would like to connect your local drives, printers, or clipboard, click on the Show Details at the bottom left.
After clicking on Show Details, you will be able to check the boxes of which ones you would like connected as well.
After you are done choosing which options you would like, click on Connect. You will then be prompted for the Username and password to log in to your remote computer/server.
Once you have entered the Username and Password, you can check the box next to “Remember my credentials” if you want to. Once you are ready, then click on OK.
Now you should be connected to the remote server.
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