Connecting to a Windows server with Remote Desktop (RDP)

this article explains how to use Remote Desktop to access your Windows server’s desktop remotely.

Customers with Linux servers can use SSH to access their server.

Remote Desktop from a Windows Computer

  1. Click the Start button.
  2. Click Run…
  3. Type “mstsc” and press the Enter key.
  4. Next to Computer: type in the IP address of your server
  5. Click Connect.
  6. You will see the Windows login prompt. Refer to the image below:


Remote Desktop from a Linux Computer with RDesktop

  1. Open a command shell using xterm.
  2. Type ‘rdesktop’ at the command prompt to see if you have rdesktop installed.
  3. If rdesktop is installed, then proceed.  Otherwise, you will need to install the rdesktop package for your flavor of Linux.
  4. Type ‘rdesktop’ followed by your server’s IP address.  Then press Enter.
    • Example:
      $ rdesktop
  5. You will see the Windows login prompt.

Remote Desktop from Mac OS X

  1. Using the Microsoft RDP Tool:
    • Download and install the Microsoft Remote Desktop Connection Client for Mac here.
    • When you open the application you will be prompted for the “Computer” you would like to connect to. You can enter the server’s hostname or IP address.
    • After you click Connect the client will ask for your user name and password. If it fails to connect you can try again inside the remote connection window.
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