Configure Remote Desktop Protocol in Windows Server

Remote desktop protocol (RDP) provides a user to connect to another computer over the network connection. In Windows operating system the RDP is disable by default. If you want to use it you must enable and give permission to appropriate user or group. It’s all about controlling a Server remotely over internet or private network.

How to Enable and Configure Remote Desktop Protocol?

Step 1:  To enable remote desktop in Windows Server press Windows+R button to open run and type sysdm.cpl and hit enter.  Sysdm.cpl is the shortcut of system properties. In this article the Server is Windows Server 2008 R2 with a Windows 10 client.

Windows Run

When the System properties opened click Remote tab and choose “Allow connection from computers running any version of Remote Desktop (less secure). It works and compatible with all versions of Windows but if you don’t have any old version, select “Allow connection only from computers running Remote Desktop with Network Level Authentication (more secure) and click OK the message page. 

Enable remote desktop

Now add a user to remote desktop group. By default administrator has permission but you can add a new user. To add a user click Select Users, in the Remote desktop Users click Add button and type the user name you want to be a Remote controller user of Windows Server. When complete click Check name for accuracy of user name, then click Ok and click Ok to close all open pages.

Add a user to remote desktop

Step 2:  Go to windows client and press Windows+R to open Run and type mstsc in order to open Remote Desktop Connection.

Run Microst Termial Service

Now type the IP address of Windows Server and click Connect.

Remote Desktop Connection

Now System ask for authentication, you must enter user name and password. Type the user name and password then click OK.

Remote Desktop Authentication

Here on the identity message click Yes.


Now you are successfully connected to Windows Server 2008 R2 with Remote Desktop.

RDP on Windows Server

That’s all to enable and configure remote desktop protocol in Windows server and Windows clients. Hope you get something new from this simple remote desktop configuration article.

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  • Mukhtar

    it was nice and keep it up