Connecting to a Windows Server with Remote Desktop Connection

This article describes how to use your computer to establish a Remote Desktop Connection (RDP) to your server. Remote Desktop Connection is preinstalled on all Windows systems and gives you direct access to the desktop interface of the server. To set up a remote desktop connection to your server, simply follow the steps below.


Make a note/copy of the IP address of the server to which you want to establish a connection.

  • Open Remote Desktop Connection.

    Windows 7: Click Start > All Programs > Accessories > Remote Desktop Connection.

    Windows 8: On the Start screen, type Remote Desktop Connection, and then, in the list of results, click Remote Desktop Connection.

    Windows 10: On the taskbar, click the search box and type Remote Desktop Connection. Then select the Remote Desktop Connection app, and the Remote Desktop Connection window opens.

  • In the Remote Desktop Connection window, click Options (Windows 7) or Show options (Windows 8, Windows 10).

  • On the General tab, enter the IP address of the server in the Computer field.

  • Enter the user name in the User name field.

  • Optional: To save the credentials, select the Allow me to save credentials check box.

  • Click Connect. The Windows Security window opens.

  • Enter the password.

  • Click OK.

  • If this is the first time you've connected to the server you want to use, or if you haven't saved the connection information, you'll need to confirm the connection by clicking Yes.

  • If you connect to the Remote Desktop for the first time to the desired Serverone or do not save the connection data, the following message appears: The identity of the remote computer cannot be verified. Do you still want to connect?

  • A session is created on yours Serverfor each connection. With this license, a maximum of two connections can be established simultaneously. To end a session, a logout of is Servernecessary. If the remote desktop window is simply closed, the session and all programs running in it are retained.

The Remote Desktop connection is now established.