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How to Connect to Windows VPS using RDP

This article will explain How to Connect to Windows VPS using RDP. The Remote Desktop Connection application is pre-installed on all the latest Windows Operating Systems. For Android, Linux, and macOS systems we will need to manually install Remote Desktop.


How to Connect to Windows VPS using RDP from Windows Operating System

1. Get started by searching “Remote Desktop Connection” or “mstsc” in the search box.

2. Once Remote Desktop Connection is open, enter the Server Hostname or Host IP Address of your VPS/Server in the “Computer“.

3a. Next, click on “Show Options

3b. Next, fill in the details according to the following information:

Username: The default user in windows is “Administrator“, if you have any other custom username, then enter the username in the “User name” field.

Allow me to save credentials (Optional): If you want to save the server’s credentials for future use, check this option.

4. Once the fields are filled, click “Connect“.

5. Afterwards, the “Windows Security” window will open; you need to specify the “Password” (as shown in the below image). Additionally, you can check “Remember me” to avoid entering your login every time. Finally, click “OK“.

If this is your first time connecting to the server, you might encounter a “The Identity of the remote computer cannot be verified. Do you want to connect anyway” warning message. In this case, click on “Yes” to continue. (You can check “Don’t ask me again for connections to this computer” to avoid this warning message in future connections for this windows server.)

6. Voila! You have successfully connected to Windows VPS/Server.


How to Connect to Windows VPS using RDP from Android

If you have an Android device, you can install the “Remote Desktop” application from Play Store. Follow the below steps to know How to Connect to Windows VPS using RDP from Android?

Download the “Remote Desktop” Application for Android: Here

1. First open “Play Store” and search for “Remote Desktop“. 

2. Next, click on “Install“.

3. Once you have installed the “Remote Desktop” application by Microsoft Corporation, click on “Open“.

4. Once Remote Desktop has opened, you will be prompted to read the license term and privacy statements. After reading these terms, click on the “Accept” button.

5. After agreeing to the terms, you will be met with this screen. Click on the “+” button (Top Right Corner, highlighted in yellow box), select “Desktop“.

6a) Click the drop down arrow on “Show additional options.

6b) Fill in the following information in their respective text fields.

  1. PC Name – Put the hostname or IP address of the Windows VPS.
  2. User Account – You can configure the administration login credentials from this option.
  3. Friendly Name (Optional) – Name your Windows VPS for your reference.

Note: You can keep the rest of the fields/options as default.

7a. You can manually save the administrator user logins or always fill in the login whenever connecting to the Windows VPS. Here, we will be saving the administrator user login details. First, click on the drop-down arrow next to “Enter every time“.

7b. Next, select “Add User Account” from the menu.

7c. Fill in the following fields and click “SAVE” once done,

Username: The default user in Windows is “Administrator”, if you have any other custom username, then enter the same in the “USERNAME” field where the red arrow is.

Password: Following with username, enter your user password in the text field under “Password”, pictured in the image below with the yellow arrow.

8. Now, click on “SAVE”, and you will be redirected to the Dashboard where you’ll find all the added PCs/Workspace.

9. Click on the added VPS/PC to log in.

If this is your first time connecting to the server, you might encounter a “The Identity of the remote computer cannot be verified. Do you want to connect anyway” warning message. In this case, click on “CONNECT” to continue. (Optional: You can tick the box “Never ask again for connections to this PC” if you don’t want to see this screen again)

10. Voila! You have successfully connected to Windows VPS using RDP via an Android device.


How to Connect to Windows VPS using RDP from macOS

The new remote desktop client is incompatible with the old MacOS operating systems. If you are on Mac 10.12 or earlier, then download and install the application on macOS using the following link and try to connect again,

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1Asqr94YvzZ61JM_AMd9N0acR58l833NS/

1. Download the “Microsoft Remote Desktop” client from the Mac App Store.

2a. Now click “OPEN” to open the “Microsoft Remote Desktop” application.

2b. Next click on the “+”.

2c. Once the drop-down menu appears select “Add PC“.

3. Fill in the following fields,

  1. PC Name – Put the hostname or IP address of the Windows VPS.
  2. User Account – You can configure the administration login credentials from this option.
  3. Friendly Name (Optional) – Name your Windows VPS for your reference.

4a. You can manually save the administrator user login or always fill in the login whenever connecting to the Windows VPS. In this case, we will be saving the administrator user login details. Click on “Ask when required“(1) and select the second option, “Add User Account“(2) from the popup.

4b. Fill the following fields and once you have filled out the fields proceed to click “Save“,

Username: The default user in windows is “Administrator”, if you have any other custom username, then enter the same in the “USERNAME” field.

Password: Following with username, enter your USER password .

5. Once done, click on “Add” to save your Windows VPS information. Then you will be redirected to the Dashboard where you will find all the added PCs/Workspace.

6. Afterwards, click on the added VPS/PC to log in.

7. Before connecting to the VPS, Remote Desktop will prompt the message as seen in the image below. Then click on “Continue” to proceed and connect to your Windows VPS.

8. Voila! You have successfully connected to Windows VPS using RDP from macOS.


How to Connect to Windows VPS using RDP from iOS

1. First, download the “Microsoft Remote Desktop” client from the Apple App Store, and click on “GET” to download.

2a. Then open the “Microsoft Remote Desktop“.

2b. Once Remote Desktop is open click on “PCs“, then click “+” symbol in the top right corner.

2c. Afterwards, select “Add PC“.

3. Then fill in the following fields as shown below:

  1. PC Name – Put the hostname or IP address of the Windows VPS.
  2. User Account – You can configure the administration login credentials from this option.
  3. Friendly Name (Optional) – Name your Windows VPS for your reference.

4a. You can manually save the administrator user login or always fill in the login whenever connecting to the Windows VPS. In this case, we will be saving the administrator user login details. Click on “Ask when required“.

4b. Afterwards, select “Add User Account” from the popup.

4c. Fill the following fields as seen below, once you have filled out the fields proceed to click “Save(C).

Username: The default user in windows is “Administrator”, if you have any other custom username, then enter the same in the “USERNAME” field. (A)

Password: Following with username, enter your USER password. (B)

5. After that, click on “Save” to save your Windows VPS information. Then you will be redirected to the Dashboard where you will find all the added PCs/Workspace.

6. Afterwards, click on the added VPS/PC to connect.

7. Voila! You have successfully connected to Windows VPS using RDP from iOS


How to Connect to Windows VPS using RDP from Linux

You need to install one supported application to access the Windows VPS using RDP from Linux. In this case, we are installing “rdesktop” to access the Windows VPS.

1.  To install “rdesktop” first download the application packages and install it using the following commands,

sudo rpm --import http://li.nux.ro/download/nux/RPM-GPG-KEY-nux.ro 
sudo rpm -Uvh http://li.nux.ro/download/nux/dextop/el7/x86_64/nux-dextop-release-0-1.el7.nux.noarch.rpm    
sudo yum install rdesktop

install rdesktop packages

2. Then run the “rdesktop <YOURWINDOWS VPS IP> <PORT>” command in the terminal. (If you are using the default RDP port i.e. 3389, you do not need to mention the PORT along with the command). 

rdesktop command

3. Afterwards, type the administrative Username & Password then click on →” to access Windows VPS.

type user information to access the windows vps using rdp in linux


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Updated on December 13, 2022
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