Remote Desktop is considered the best way to transfer files to a server running Windows 2016. Unlike FTP, which is not secure, Remote Desktop is a secure method which does not expose your password. And unlike FTP, using Remote Desktop to transfer files does not require any additional setup on the server.
- A Cloud Server running Windows 2016 with IIS installed and running.
- The administrator password and IP address or domain name for the server. To find this information, log into the Cloud Panel and select the server on the Servers section.
IIS is installed and running on a Standard installation by default. If your server was created with a Minimal installation, you will need to install and configure IIS before you proceed.
If this is your first experience with Remote Desktop, you may want to start with the article Use Remote Desktop to Log in to a Cloud Server Running Windows 2016 to learn how to locate and use Remote Desktop.
- The instructions in this tutorial are designed for a Windows 10 desktop. The specific instructions for other Windows versions may vary slightly.
Configure Remote Desktop
Launch Remote Desktop and click Show Options.
Click the Local Resources tab.
In the Local devices and resources section, click More...
Click + to expand the Drives list.
Select your local drive. Then click OK.
Click Connect to connect to the server.
Transfer Files With Remote Desktop
After you connect to the server, click the File Explorer icon in the system tray.
Your local desktop computer will be listed under This PC.
Browse to the files you need, and either copy and paste or drag and drop the files onto the server.
The Default Website
Each server has a default website set up as part of the initial configuration. This is what you will see if you visit the server's IP address or domain name in a browser window.
On a newly-created server, the default website will be an IIS welcome page. This verifies that the IIS web server is running correctly.
To override this web page, upload an
index.html file to the default website folder,