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. PC name : 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]

    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 Microsoft Remote Desktop. Open App store and download Microsoft Remote Desktop using Get button.

  2. Once Microsoft Remote Desktop is installed on your Mac system, open the program. You will see the following interface.

  3. Click on the New button icon and it will start a new Remote Desktop Connection.



  4. We will need to enter the pc name, username and password.

  5. PC name : 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]

  6. Enter your Username and Password and press the red X button at the top left of the screen to save the connection.

    Enter Username and Password to Connect to VPS

  7. Now, You will see your connection in the list. Click on the start button to connect your remote server.



  8. Click on the continue button if there is certificate warning which is ok.



  9. You will see your remote server screen.

 

 


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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