prepare my laptop to receive RDP connections

Posted on 2010-09-17
Last Modified: 2013-11-21

I have 2 questions
My laptop(home computer) is runing windows vista and my workstation(desktop office computer) is runing xp sp3 under a domain

How do i prepare these computers to receive RDP?
How do i create a shortcut for RDP connections, I saw a guy with 10 shortcuts all configure to connect to different computers

please advise

Question by:titorober23

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Right click the "My Computer" icon and select properties.  On the remote tab there should be an option to enable remote desktop connections.  I think Vista will ask which versions of the RDP client you want to be able to connect, select the version that best meets your needs.  If you are running a firewall be sure that the appropriate port is opened, off hand I want to say port 3389.

To setup an icon, you can open the remote desktop connection and then make all the settings you want for screen resolution etc, you can then select to "save as" and put the icon on your desktop. Repeat for each desired connection.  What I do is create an MMC with the remote desktop snapin and list them all there, this way I can move from desktop to desktop without closing or minimizing windows.
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start > run > mstsc

set your connections here and then "save as", this will create a RDP connection for each connection that would like.

To accept incoming connections, right click my computer, go to properties, then remote.

Tick "allow remote connections to this computer" and choose your users.

Ensure windows firewall lets port 3389 in bound

To access from outside, open up a port forwarding rule on your router for port 3389 to the LAN IP address of the computer that you want oto connect to.

Expert Comment

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Very important would be to chnage the default port to a different one (security reasons). Here is the location in the registry:

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Terminal Server\WinStations\RDP-Tcp]


--change it to Decimal and you will see 3389
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atuldelhi earned 150 total points
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Click on start- run - type  mstsc, Click on Options. Set your details, click on save as to create a RDP Connection.

To accept incoming connections, right click my computer, go to properties, then remote.

Check the box "allow remote connections to this computer" and choose your users.

Ensure windows firewall lets port 3389 in bound


Author Comment

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now, when i am outsite and want to connect using rdp i have to use my external ip to acccess this computer, correct?

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it works


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