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Remote Desktop - Please Help!!!

Hi,

I think Im going crazy :(

I have two computers at home:
- Computer 1: Windows Server 2003
- Computer 2: Windows Server 2003

I'm trying to set up Remote Desktop on Computer 1 so that I can connect to her at anytime and any place.

I'm using Computer 2 (on the same home local network) to test the results.

I can:
Connect from Computer1 to Computer2 with Remote Desktop locally. I enter in Remote Desktop: 192.168.1.34 and wollah. Im in and everything works fine.


Then I set my router to port forward port 3389 to Computer1(192.168.1.34).

I cannot do:
Go to http://www.whatismyip.com/ and check my ip address. Then I enter that ip address in Remote Desktop in Computer1. I always get a:
This computer cant connect to the remote computer   :(

Any Ideas?

Thanks.
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Endelm
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DanielWillmottCommented:
I'm a little confused about which computer is connecting to which in your description.
I think you want to connect to Computer 1 from the internet basically. And you tested RDP to it locally on your LAN and it works fine.
So, if you added a port forward of 3389 on your router, and Computer 1 is 192.168.1.34 (and does not change - i.e. manual IP) and it does not work then either the config of the router is not right or your ISP is blocking incoming traffic on port 3389.
What is your firewall device?
Big note: re-reading your post, if you are testing accesing Computer 1 through your internet address from a computer also within your local network that may be a bad test as your router may not support that. Try from a computer on the internet.
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Darius GhassemCommented:
If you are connecting at home then I suggest for better security I would use Logmein.com to remote control your systems at home. You won't have to worry about the external IP address changing while are gone on the road. Logmein used port 80 to connect and there isn't a client that you have to with all the time it is just a website you go to an connect to your computer with encryption. At has a free verison.

www.logmein.com
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esmith69Commented:
A couple of things:

Is Windows firewall running on the host server?  If so, you should check to make sure that the firewall rule that allows incoming RDP requests is allowing requests to come from computers outside the local network.
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Netman66Commented:
I would HOPE this doesn't work!  :o)

You are attempting to connect to your external IP via port forwarding from a machine INSIDE your network.  Effectively, you are creating a situation which the router and/or firewall considers as SPOOFING and the traffic should rightly be dropped by both the router and at a firewall.

You'll need to check this from a network OUTSIDE your own to determine if it's working properly.



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EndelmAuthor Commented:
I found out what was wrong.

I just needed to call my wife and let her try this from another site of the town. Then everything worked as a charm :)
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Darius GhassemCommented:
You can't run it from the local network. I'm glad you got it fixed.
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DanielWillmottCommented:
Endelm: if you read the very first post I suggested you try this from the internet instead of the local network.

Big note: re-reading your post, if you are testing accesing Computer 1 through your internet address from a computer also within your local network that may be a bad test as your router may not support that. Try from a computer on the internet.
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Netman66Commented:
I don't disagree with you Daniel.  

You might have explained what you meant by "the router may not support that".  

I explained to the OP exactly why this didn't work.

In the interest of fairness, I have no problem with a split.

NM
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EndelmAuthor Commented:
Thanks dude :)
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