I wonder if you can help me with something that is driving me up the wall.
I am trying to connect to a Windows 2003 SBS server with remote desktop connection.
We have other people with laptops who can connect with wireless USB modems, and people who are connecting fine from home with broadband connections. RDC also works with machines on the local network.
However, from home everythime I try to connect I get "This computer can't connect to the remote computer. Try connecting again..."
At home, however, I can ping the server and get a reply, remote web workspace works, exchange works. I have two computers at home that I am using to try and connect. One is an iMac24 running both OSX and Windows Vista Business 32 bit SP1, and the other is an Intel MacBook Pro running OSX and Windows XP SP3. They are connected wirelessly to a Thomson TG585 v7 modem router and then to the internet.
When running any of the above operating systems I get this same error. I am now concentrating on getting it wokring from Windows Vista on the iMac. I have opened up the inbuilt Vista firewall to allow remote desktop connection. There is also the free version of Avast anti virus running on the machine.
I recently replaced the Netgear modem/router with a Thomson TG585 v7, which was sent to me by my service provider. When I had the Netgear I could connect via RDC withou any special configuration (though there was the odd occasion when I couldn't connect and then a few days later I could).
Looking though the forums I have set up a static IP address for my iMac. I have also set up port forwarding for port 3389. Though when I check this with open a port on the website http://www.yougetsignal.com/tools/open-ports/
it tells me that port 3389 is blocked. So I then disabled the firewall completely - and the website still tells me the port is closed. I would prefer to not use port forwarding at all and have dynamic IP's on my wireless router, so I could switch between laptop and desktop without having to keep changing the settings - but if I could get it to work at all I would be pleased.
Any advice you can give may save my sanity. (unfortunately I no longer have the netgear router/modem).