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Remote Desktop guide
Posted by Michael Upton on 19 May 2008 11:49 AM

Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) is a way of accessing a PC remotely across a network or even across the internet and viewing it's desktop and having full control over it's features and services through a window on your PC. It's particularly useful if you have to make any administrative system wide changes to the system and isn't always easy to physically get to the system, the main reason being the computer in question is a system acting as a server at a remote location such as at a datacenter where fast internet access is required to provide services such as web server and email support.

To connect to a remote server via remote desktop simply do the following:-

Click Start > Programs > Accessories > Remote Desktop Connection. This will bring up a box where you enter the IP address of the server you wish to connect to. Enter the IP address or hostname and click Connect.

Here you will be shown a login screen, just like you would any password protected computer. Here enter the login details. For full system wide control you will need the Administrator login name or another user with administrator access and the user accounts password. Once entered click Ok. You will then be shown the desktop and able to use all the functions just like you would if you were physically at that computer.

To log off click the Start button followed by Log Off.

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