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Unable to change Remote Desktop Protocol Port Number

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Hello Experts

I'm following the instructions in the following document to change the RDP port number, https://support.microsoft.com/kb/306759

However, when I change it to say 3391 I'm unable to RDP into the Windows Machine, OS Windows 7

Can someone help?

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Carlton
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Any firewalls between you and the target computer?
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by:VB ITS
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Are you using the format computer.domain.com:3391 or <IP Address>:3391 in the Computer field in the Remote Desktop Connection client?
RDP-Custom-Port.pngYou can also try manually adding a rule in Windows Firewall to allow inbound traffic for the port 3391.
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VB

I'm using <ip address>:3391

I'm going to check the firewall

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I'd say it's most likely the firewall as the default Remote Desktop rule is configured for port 3389. If you need help creating a new firewall rule to allow port 3391 then let me know.
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by:Kimputer
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Also, if your concern is about the internet security (exposing port 3389 is indeed a security risk for bruteforce attacks), just use a correct NAT rule instead of changing it on the PC. That way, internally, everything works without any modification, and externally, you use the different port number you wanted.
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Only problem with that Kimputer is that not all routers are capable of doing this. I've seen cases where the router appears to have the ability to do this yet won't work for whatever reason. Firmware upgrades and even factory resets can't fix the problem so the client is either left with the choice to stick with VPN + RDP, use RD Gateway (if 443 is unused), change the RDP listening port, or replace the router entirely.
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Correct, a few years ago this problem was quite common. However in the past years, I have not seen this problem pop up on most brands of routers/modems I've come across.
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