Platform: Microsoft Windows
Estimated Completion Time: 5m +
This article will explain how to connect to a remote Windows Server by using the Remote Desktop Connection application included with most versions of Microsoft Windows.
First we need to locate the Remote Desktop Connection application that comes included with Windows. This is usually found in the Start Menu, but can also be found at All Programs – Accessories.
When you first launch the application you are taken to the Quick Connect screen. If you click the Options button at the bottom left of the window you will be presented with options that will allow you to customize your experience.
Enter in the IP Address or Host Name of the remote server, and the Username you will authenticate with.
Click on the Display tab to optionally choose a smaller screen size for the connection. This is recommended over the default full-screen setting which can cause confusion between your local and remote desktops.
When you press Connect you will need to enter in the password for the user.
Most servers do not have a security certificate by default. You can safely ignore this warning by clicking Yes.
You are now connected to the remote server via Remote Desktop. You will now have a window that will allow you to control the server as if you were sitting in front of it.