Trouble enabling remote desktop for Windows 7/ Server 2012
Posted on 2013-11-18
I am working with a Small Business that is using Windows Server 2012, 5-Winows 7 Pro, and 1 Windows XP pro workstations. ADDS is enabled and they are using file sharing on their server/network.
I am interested in enabling remote desktop connections to the A) server and B) at least the Win 7 workstations. The XP workstation is running a piece of equipment so it is not critical to be able to remote connect to this workstation.
I believe remote desktop is enabled to the server and was able to access the server desktop from a computer on the same network and domain, and then as a computer on the same network outside of the domain. I am not, however, able to access the computer from an external network (i.e. my home computer, a Windows 7 Ultimate). I was also not able to access the workstations from within the domain or network, nor from outside of the domain and network.
The error message I get from the remote desktop connection is:
“Remote Desktop can’t find the computer [Computer name]. This might mean that [Computer name] does not belong to the specified network. Verify the computer name and domain that you are trying to connect to.”
I am using the same titles that I used from the office to attempt to access the server. Let’s say the computer name is “Server” and the domain is “mycompany.local” I am putting “Server.mycompany.local” in the field that reads “Computer” in the remote desktop application, is this correct?
How can I enable remote connections to the server?
For the workstations do I need to create a group for the domain computers that allows them to use remote desktop connections? In other words, how can I enable remote connections to the workstations for the domain users?