How to work with Microsoft’s Remote Desktop Connection

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Microsoft’s Remote Desktop Connection enables you to access a computer from a different location over a network connection. You can handle a remote workstation or share the display with others, depending on how you require to connect.

Microsoft's Remote Desktop Connection
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This app is available from Microsoft Store and built into most versions of Microsoft Windows. Microsoft’s Remote Desktop is a straightforward app and an excellent solution while working from home these days. It is a simple process to access a Windows device and perform various tasks remotely for running programs, viewing files, or diagnosing problems. It delivers a smooth remote administration background in your home or office by connecting multiple devices linked to the same network. It is among the most famous remote desktop protocols built into all versions of Windows, and the available functionality is distinct in each edition.

Here are all the details of Windows support Microsoft’s Remote Desktop Connection:

Windows OS  Windows Server OS
Windows 10
Windows 8.1
Windows 8
Windows 7 Windows Vista  
Windows server 2016
Windows Server 2012 R2           
Windows server 2012           
Windows Server 2008 R2            
Windows server 2008  

Here we will cover all the main steps to allow connections to connect remotely to computers while working from home.

How to work with Microsoft’s Remote Desktop Connection:

As the name suggests, it works with the internet connection only. Therefore, when operating the LAN (Local Area Network), you are only required to make sure that the computer you like to access remotely has the option to permit Remote Desktop connections.

Enable Remote Desktop: LAN

  1. Go to the control panel.
  2. Now open System and Security.
  3. Beneath the System section, choose to Allow remote access option.
  4. Select the Remote Tab.
  5. Beneath the Remote Desktop section, select Allow remote connections to this computer choice.
  6. Then, allow connections only from the computer running option.
  7. Choose the OK button.
  8. Select Apply.
  9. Again, OK.

After completing this procedure, remote desktop connections will be allowed on the remote devices.

Enable Remote Desktop: Third-Party Firewall

Now configure the rules manually if you include a third-party firewall that will add the necessary rules for Remote Desktop sessions.

  1. On your desktop, go to settings.
  2. Select System.
  3. Choose Remote Desktop.
  4. Choose to Enable the Remote desktop toggle switch.
  5. In the end, choose the confirm button.

Enable Remote Desktop: Internet Connection

To access your recently set up Remote Desktop PC with the router, modem, or your local machine to connect.

  1. Move to the control panel.
  2. Here, choose the network and internet.
  3. Select Network and Sharing Center.
  4. From the left navigation pane, choose the change adapter settings.
  5. Right-click on the active adapter and choose the properties option.
  6. Here, select the Internet Protocol Version 4.
  7. Move to the properties tab.
  8. Now, choose the General tab.
  9. Set the local IP address outside the local DHCP scope. It will help you to prevent and address conflicts.
  10. The subnet mask for the network will consider by the system only. It will base on the IP address.
  11. Now, fill in the default gateway address (router address).
  12. Beneath that prefer the DNS server address.
  13. Choose the OK button.
  14. In the end, close.

How to know your public IP address:

  1. Start with a web browser.
  2. Then go to Google.com.
  3. Here, type what my IP is on the address bar.
  4. You will get the results for the same.

Establish Remote Desktop connection:

  1. Open your desktop, and check the version of the remote desktop app. Now, install it from the Microsoft Store if it is an old version.
  2. Choose the get button and then install it.

Start with the remote desktop connection:

  1. Start the remote desktop app.
  2. Now, in the top right, choose the Add button.
  3. Then, go to the PC option.
  4. Here, select the IP address depending upon your private or remote network. For the Remote network, add the public IP address.
  5. Now tab on the + button (top-right) beneath the user account section.
  6. Choose the account information to sign in to the remote device using Microsoft account login details or local account login details.
  7. Beneath the display name section, select the account settings name.
  8. Then, choose the save button.
  9. Now, enter the connection name.
  10. Tap on the show more option.
  11. Here, choose settings according to you.
  12. Then Save.
  13. Beneath the Saved desktop section, choose the connection to start a remote session.
  14. In the end, choose the Connect button.
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