Windows based VPS can be accessed via:
♦ Inbuilt console from Dashboard, but nevertheless this is quite slow and should only be used for test purposes only.
♦ Built-in Microsoft Remote Desktop Client.
Remote Desktop is a feature in Windows systems that allows you to connect to your computer remotely and work as you are sitting in front the console.
To start remote desktop connection press “Start” then choose “All Programs” click “Accessories” and select “Remote Desktop Connection”.
Then enter your VPS ip adress. The next step is to log in as administrator and enter your password.
Now you should be connected to your remote VPS!
If any issues occur while connecting to the remote computer, make sure that Remote Desktop is turned on. To do this, follow these steps:
Log in to your server using Dashboard Console.
Right-click the “Start” choose “My Computer” icon on the desktop, and then click “Properties”.
Click the “Remote settings” tab.
Make sure that the “Allow users to connect remotely to this computer check box” is selected, and then click “OK”. Try to connect to the remote computer again.
By default, Terminal Server (For Windows 2000 and Windows Server 2003) and Remote Desktop Protocol (for Windows XP and Windows Server 2003) listens on TCP port 3389.
To change default Windows remote desktop protocol (RDP) port number (3389) to any other, follow these steps:
♦ Press “Administrator: Windows PowerShell” button and type “regedit.exe”:
♦ Expand the registry folders to:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE >> System >> CurrentControlSet >> Control >>Terminal Server >> WinStations >> RDP-Tcp
♦ Look for “Port number” entry and double-click on it. In the open window choose “Decimal” and change “Value data” field to desired port number.
♦ Press OK.
♦ Make sure that new port is open in firewall.
To use programs on Windows Server 2008 R2 with Windows Firewall enabled, a group of ports must be opened for the services to communicate.
There are two ways to open ports in Windows 2008 R2: either using the MMC or by using the command line. To open a port in the firewall using the GUI, please do the following:
♦ Logon using an administrator account.
♦ Click Start and type “Firewall Advanced” in the Search box, or choose the path Start, then Administrative Tools and pick the Windows Firewall with Advanced Security.
Right click on “Inbound rule” and select “New rule”.
Select “Rule type” and “Port”.
In the Port number box, type the port number.
Click TCP or UDP, depending on the protocol. For exmaple to open port 20002:
Repeat the procedure above for each port and/or protocol you would like to open. Remote Desktop port is 3389 by default.
To turn off the firewall, do the following steps:
Click Start and type “Firewall Advanced” in the Search box, or choose the path Start, then select “Administrative Tools” go to “Windows Firewall with Advanced Security” and choose “Properties”.
Firewall stat – off.
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