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RDP to Windows XP in company-network not possible

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Hallo,
I have a problem with the setup of Remote Desktop for a Client PC on our company-network. It's like this: Windows Server 2003 gives fixed IP to XP Client (SP 3). The firewall forwards the port (mine 3386) to the Client-IP. On the Client, I have enabled RDP, added some users and changed the RDP port to 3386 in registry.

The error is not very helpful: "This computer can't connect to the remote copmuter. Try connecting again. If the problem continues ..."

Any idea what could be the problem? Do I need to enable/install something on the Server? Thanks in advance for your help.
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by:JohnThePro
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Are you trying to connect FROM XP to Server 2003?

If so, have you enabled Remote Desktop on Server 2003?
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by:wolfcamel
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first confirm you can rdp to it, on that port, from another PC locally - this will eliminate any router issues. and confirm your reg changes worked
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I'm trying to connect from another XP client to the XP client with RDP enabled.
On Server 2003 RDP is enabled also and works.
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On the client machine that you want to connect to, is Windows Firewall enabled?
If so, did you make an exception for port 3386?

Also, is this an internal-to-internal RDP connection? Are you going over the LAN or from the WAN?
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Also, as just a note in case you didn't know, once you modify the port in the registry, you have to explicitly define it in Remote Desktop Connection.

For example, when typing in the address you want to connect to, it would look like:
192.168.3.100:3386
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by:skiaholic
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That was fast, thanks a lot!
The XP client had the firewall on also, I added the exception for the port and now it's working.
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Awesome skiaholic! Glad it worked for you. :)
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