Enable Microsoft RDP Remotely

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Overview

VNC is a great way to gain remote access to a server or PC desktop but it may not be the best performing method for all occasions.  In those situations, I like to use Microsoft RDP due to it’s faster refresh and compression.

The challenge is that Microsoft Remote Desktop (RDP) is not enabled by default on new server or PC deploys and there previously was no tool that could easily turn it on without already having access to the remote computer desktop.

This article will show you how to enable Microsoft RDP remotely with the Bozteck VENM console.

Solution

Enabling remote desktops can easily be done in only a few clicks from within the VENM console.  Below are the system requirements on the remote computer side for this function to work properly.  Notice that it also works for desktop operating systems as well as servers.

  • Windows 2000 Server or higher, Windows XP or higher
  • No Firewall blocking SMB protocol
  • Administrator level access on the remote computer
  • Remote Registry service should be running

Al of the above requirements are the typical basic requirements to remotely manage Windows computers.  If needed, starting the Remote Registry service can easily be done remotely, also.

Steps

  1. Select the server that you wish to enable remote desktop for
  2. In the Common Tasks pane, within the Deployment Tasks section, click on “Remotely Enable RDP”
  3. A window will open showing the progress.
  4. If there were no errors, RDP is now available for you on the remote computer

Conclusion

Now that RDP is enabled, you can simply right-click on the computer and choose “RDP” and your session will open in a new tab.

  • andyr354

    Is there a way to connect with RDP to a current users session to offer assistance? I am using UltraVNC for that now.

  • Not that I know of but I will look into it and let you know.

  • Eric

    Not with RDP, you could try Windows Remote Assistance but it takes less time to walk over to the user (if you’re in the same building) than it takes to talk them through the process of inviting you to assist and emailing you the invitation file…