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Using Remote Desktop (RDP) with your Windows Server

You can access the Windows Server using a remote desktop protocol (RDP) by following these easy steps:

Step 1. Click the Start button.
Step 2. In the search box, type Remote Desktop Connection and in the list of results click Remote Desktop Connection.
Step 3. In the Computer field, enter the name of the computer that you want to connect to, and then click Connect (you can enter the IP address instead of the computer name).
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How to find the Remote Desktop Connection shortcut

To find the Remote Desktop Connection shortcut follow these instructions:

Windows 8

  1. Go to your Start screen.
  2. Click on the down arrow button at the bottom left corner.

Windows Vista or 7

  1. Click the Start button.
  2. Click All Programs.
  3. Click Accessories.

Windows XP

  1. Click the Start button.
  2. Click Programs.
  3. Click Accessories.
  4. Click Communications.

How to quickly open Remote Desktop Connection

To quickly open Remote Desktop Connection follow these instructions:

  1. Click the Start button.
  2. Type mstsc in the search box.
  3. Press Enter.

Note: Redirecting a device on your computer makes it available for use in a Remote Desktop session. If a Remote Desktop Connection dialog box appears after you click Connect and enter your credentials, you can redirect local devices and resources, such as your local drives or Clipboard. Click Details, and then select the check box for each item you want to redirect.

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