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How to use Remote Desktop
Remote Desktop is an application used to access computers that you are not currently at. Be aware that in order to use this application the computer you are attempting to connect to has to be turned on, has to have remote access enabled, and the remote desktop port needs to be accessible. Be aware remote desktop does not work like a terminal server. When you connect to a terminal using remote desktop the computer will lock and only you (the remote user) will be able to access it. Any access attempts by a local user will cause the desktop session to terminate.
The remote desktop software comes pre installed with windows XP. If you are using another operating system you can download the software here . First you must enable remote assistance. All instructions given from this point forward are for windows XP. To enable remote access right click on my computer and then click on the remote tab. Place a check mark into the "Allow users to connect remotely to this computer" option. This will enable remote access to this PC. Please note that in order to connect you will need to forward the correct port if you have a router or firewall and you must have the password for the computer that you are remoting into. Remote Desktop uses TCP port 3389 for instructions on how to forward ports see What is port forwarding and why would I want to do it? knowledge base article.

Now in order to connect to the remote computer you will need to use the remote desktop client. To do this bring up the remote desktop client and type the IP address, or the domain pointed to the IP address. The click connect, simple as that.


http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/using/mobility/getstarted/starteremote.mspx




 

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