How do I connect Windows VPS using Remote Desktop from different operating systems?

Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) is a protocol that allows users to access their Windows VPS directly from a remote location. This article will guide you on how can you connect Windows VPS using Remote Desktop.

Windows OS:

  1. Click Start → All Programs → Accessories → Remote Desktop Connection.

    Open Remote Desktop Connection in Windows OS

    - OR -

  2. Click Start → Run.

  3. Type mstsc in text box and hit Enter Key.

  4. Enter your Server’s IP Address and hit Enter Key. [If RDP is configured on non-standard port i.e. any other port than 3389 then you will have to mention your VPS-IP-Address:Port Number e.g. 127.0.0.0:1245]

    Enter Server IP Address (and Port if you have set)

  5. You will see new window, enter your Username and Password and hit Enter key.

    Enter Username and Password to Connect to VPS



MAC OS:

  1. To connect to your Windows VPS or Dedicated server from Mac OS, you can use CoRD. You can download CoRD from the following URL:
    http://cord.sourceforge.net

  2. Once CoRD is installed on your Mac system, open the program. You will see the following interface:

    Open Cord in MAC OS

  3. Click on the Servers icon and then click the + icon to add a server to the list.

  4. Enter your Server’s IP Address. [If RDP is configured on non-standard port i.e. any other port than 3389 then you will have to mention your VPS-IP-Address:Port Number e.g. 127.0.0.0:1245]

  5. Enter your Username and Password.

    Enter Username and Password to Connect to VPS

  6. If required, configure the other options and close the dialog window. Your server will appear in the server list. Double-click the server name to log-in.



Linux OS:

  1. You can use open source client rdesktop for Linux in order to connect to your VPS from any Linux distribution. You can download rdesktop client from the below URL:
    http://www.rdesktop.org/

  2. Once you rdesktop is installed in your Linux system; fire following command in Terminal:

    • rdesktop VPS_IP_Address................................(If RDP service is configured on default port) OR
    • rdesktop VPS_IP_Address:port number ..........(if RDP service is configured on non standard port)


    Type rdesktop Command in Terminal in Linux OS

  3. You will receive Windows login prompt as following, Enter your VPS Username(administrator), password and click on Right Arrow button.

    Enter Username and Password to Connect to VPS
Note: Remote Desktop Connection is only available for Windows VPS or Windows Dedicated Servers. If you are Windows Shared Hosting user, you can not connect to the Hosting Server.



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