With Remote Desktop Connection, you can access a computer running Windows from another computer running Windows that's connected to the same network or to the Internet. For example, you can configure server's web sites, DNS zones, databases and more from your home computer.
To connect to your server you must have network access to the remote computer through the Internet, and you must have login credentials for an authorized account. For permission to connect, you must be on the list of users.
To start Remote Desktop on the computer you want to work from
Open Remote Desktop Connection by clicking the Start button . In the search box, type Remote Desktop Connection, and then, in the list of results, click Remote Desktop Connection.
In the Computer box, type the name or IP address of the computer that you want to connect to, and then click Connect.
If you know the name of the computer you want to connect to, type it in the Computer box. Otherwise, ask your network administrator the name of the computer or look for the computer name on the computer you want to connect to.
When you allow remote connections, Windows Firewall automatically opens the required port. If you're using another firewall, make sure the port for Remote Desktop (usually 3389) is open.
Redirecting a device on your computer makes it available for use in a Remote Desktop session. If a Remote Desktop Connection dialog box appears after you click Connect and enter your credentials, you can redirect local devices and resources, such as your local drives or Clipboard. Click Details, and then select the check box for each item you want to redirect.
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