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Remote Desktop Connection setup on Windows 2008 Web Server and firewall ports

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I want to setup  my remote desktop connection to allow someone to call into my windows 2008 web server and look at my IIS7 and event logs and make sure everything is setup properly, etc.

I need to setup my firewall to allow them in:
1) how can I setup my firewall to allow them to specifically log into THIS machine and not the machine that is assigned to the firewall? I'm using Netgear Prosafe.
2) what ports should I setup for the services and what type?

The last time I did this, the user could only log into the IP address that was assigned to the firewall. Is there a way it can be setup so that they can log into the actual box needed?

3) How do I setup the Windows 2008 Web server to turn this feature on?

I need step by step instructions.

thanks!
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by:moon_blue69
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TCP port 3389

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Microsoft Remote Desktop uses port 3389.  You would want to forward the port to you server using the Prosafe.  If you already have 3389 mapped to a different computer you can forward any port, preferable above 5000 to port 3389 of the server.  If you have chosen to use a port other than 3389 you can simply specify the port when connecting, ie. server:port.  
To enable Remote Desktop on your server, click the start menu, right-click on computer and click the Remote Settings link in the left pane.
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Right click -> my computer -> romote tab under remote deskto select allow and add the user whom you want to let connect to the server. On your router forward TCP port 3389 - you might find it as RDP. to the ip of your web server . I think thats it
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by:louisreeves
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2008 SBS has a great feature called remote web workplace. If you do not have SBS then TS WEB access is great. You can hit your machine with a Web browser over port 443. The less port you have to forwad, the better. Truthfully, you  can use TSWEB with any port you wuish:
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc771908(WS.10).aspx

By the way I love these Guys:
http://www.virtualizationadmin.com/articles-tutorials/terminal-services/general/windows-server-2008-terminal-services-web-access-part1.html

Isnt this the way to access your server now?  I love RWW better bu this is great for standard 2008


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by:Starr Duskk
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When I setup the services, it offers TCP and UDP, but not RDP. I setup both TCP and UDP to a port over 5000 that isn't being used.

Then on my firewall, I have an inbound service to always allow both the tcp and udp Remote Desktop services I just setup, to the remote IP destination, and the LAN address for this box.

I get an error that the computer can't connect.
I'm using the remote IP and the port like so:
computer: xx.xx.xx.xx:xxxx
User Name: xxxx
I setup an administrative user and am putting in their user name.

Then pressing "Connect"
I  have tried this on two computers. One says it is one of 3 problems:
1) remote access is not enabled
2) remote computer is turned off
3) remote computer is not available on the network.

The other computer errors saying:
The computer can't connect to the remote computer.

I know it's turned on.
I enabled it via the methods you told me. Both in the netgear firewall setup and in the windows firewall.
I'm logging in with the custom port. The windows firewall and netgear firewall use the custom port.
The user is created as an administrator. I'm giving that user name.

Any ideas?

thanks.
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by:Starr Duskk
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Okay, I get now what you were saying about RDP, the build-in service. I'll try that without the custom port.
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by:Starr Duskk
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woo hoo! got it! thanks! I guess I'll just forego the custom port and disable it when I dont' need it. thanks!
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by:Starr Duskk
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Thanks!
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