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need step by step enable rdp to xp machine behind a firewall, w2k3 server providing dns/dhcp

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I have need to work from my home xp system and want to use rdp to connect to my desktop system at the office.  I am a newbie sysadmin.  My system at office is behind a sonic wall soho3, and my w2k3 server is providing dns adn dhcp.  I enabled the firewall to pass wan to my 192.168.1.103 (my desktop) but no good.  every time i try from home to get in I get my server.  server uses no-ip to mimick a static ip.

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by:cshepfam
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since you are a newbie, i'm going to suggest the easiest route to go without having to configure your firewall or pay any money for a third party software.



go to www.logmein.com.  this is a free remote tool that you will install on your home computer and the computer at your office.  its not a big file and its very secure.  when you're at home and access your computer at the office, you can configure it to blank out your screen and lock your mouse and keyboard so noone can see what you're doing or mess with it.


its very good software.  you don't have to configure you firewall, open ports, etc.  just a quick install and you're good to go.


hope that helps
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Never RDP to a computer that is using DHCP. Set your workstation to a static ip or create a reservation in DHCP in windows to a certian ip. Verify you NAT your outside ip to your inside ip for that workstation ip address NOT the server. Verify you have port 3389 open on your firewall.

I think your problem is that you have your firewall set to nat the server to the outside instead of the worstation. If you only have one public ip you can redirect the workstation RDP port (3389) to another outside port like 3390 and just connect on that port.
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by:195ecentralave
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Thanks, mmcodefive, you are on to it, i think. I am always getting the only static ip there is in the office, and that is the server.  how do i  verify the nat from my outside ip to the inside workstation ip?  I know what the workstation ip is, its 192.168.1.103, and that is not changing although i know that it can.  i know how to set it static on the workstation, but will have to look up how to reserve it in the server dhcp.  Do i have to do both?  CAn i just set the workstation to static ip?  Thanks,
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by:195ecentralave
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btw. I have logmein working, its too slow thats why i am trying to go with rdp.
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Thats fine set the workstation to static. If you NAT your server and you have one ip you cant nat also the workstation. Best bet take off nat for everything. Setup port forwarding 3389 for the server RDP and 3390 for the workstation.
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by:195ecentralave
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Ok, will do but how do i set the workstation to use port 3390 for rdp? Where does this setting get changed in windows xp?
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I can send you a registry key to change it. Better just set on your firewall external port 3390 and internal port 3389
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by:195ecentralave
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That would be most appreciated, Mmcodefive.  my email is richardwestco@woh.rr.com
thanks,
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just put this code in a .reg file like change_port.reg

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/306759
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Terminal Server\WinStations\RDP-Tcp]
"PortNumber"=dword:00000d3e

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by:195ecentralave
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Thanks, I will post a follow up question  if I don't get through. Thanks for the extra effort.
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