How to Enable Remote Desktop Connection (RDP) on Windows Server 2008 R2

You have a remote windows server, and various control panel software or VNC is not enough for you to connect and manage your server? You want to be able to RDP to your server? Here is how you can do it.

First, install the “Remote Desktop Services” role if not installed already:

Open “Server Manager”
Click “Roles” and “Add Roles”
Click “Next” on the first screen
On the “Select Server Roles” screen check “Remote Desktop Services”
Click Next, Next
Check “Remote Desktop Session Host”
Specify the Authentication Method
Specify Licensing Mode (You can say Configure Later)
Restart the server, complete installation

Second, enable the RDP connections on your server:

Click Start
Administrative Tools
Remote Desktop Services
Remote Desktop Services Host Configuration
Click “RDP-Tcp” under “Connections”
Click “Enable Connection” under “Actions” on the right

Now you should be able to RDP to your windows server.

Hope this helps someone.

Good luck,

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