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Windows XP Remote Desktop

To use Remote Desktop

With Remote Desktop, you can connect to your work computer from home and access all of your programs, files, and network resources as though you were actually sitting in front of your computer at work.

You need three things to create a remote location:
  1. Microsoft Windows XP Professional must be installed on the computer containing the files and programs that you want to access from a remote computer. The computer must also be part of a corporate network in which Remote Desktop connections are permitted. This computer is known as the host.
  2. The remote computer must be running Windows 95 or later. This computer must also have the Remote Desktop Connection client software installed. The remote computer is known as the client.
  3. Both computers must be connected to the Internet.

To set up the Remote Desktop, start with the host computer, which in this example is your work computer.

  1. Verify that you are signed in as the administrator.
  2. Click Start, click Control Panel, and then click Performance and Maintenance.
  3. Click System.
  4. Click the Remote tab, select the Allow users to connect remotely to this computer check box, and then click OK.
    Note: Remote desktop does not allow you to connect to a computer with a user name that does not have a password.
  5. Click the Select Remote Users button and click the Add button to add a user that can remotely access this computer. (Remember the user name you add must have a password set)
Next, make sure you have Windows Firewall set up to allow exceptions.
  1. In the Control Panel, click Security Center.
  2. Under Manage security settings for, click Windows Firewall.
  3. Make sure the Don't allow exceptions check box is not selected.
  4. Click the Exceptions tab, and verify that the Remote Desktop check box is selected.
  5. Click OK, and then close the Windows Security Center window.
    Your host computer is now set up to allow remote access.

Connect your remote computer to the host computer
To connect your home computer, which is the client (or remote) computer to your work (or host) computer, follow these steps:
  1. On your home computer, click Start, point to All Programs, and then point to Accessories.
  2. In the Accessories menu, point to Communications, and then click Remote Desktop Connection.
  3. In the Computer box, type the DynIP Internet Name eg.( of the host computer, you want to connect to.
  4. Click Connect.
  5. When the Log On to Windows dialog box appears, type your user name, password, and domain (if required), and then click OK.
    The Remote Desktop window opens, and you see the desktop settings, files, and programs that are on your host computer, which in this example is your work computer. Your host computer remains locked, and nobody can access it without a password. In addition, no one will be able to see the work you are doing remotely.

To end your Remote Desktop session:

  1. Click Start, and then click Log Off at the bottom of the Start menu.
  2. When prompted, click Log Off.

NOTE: Routing
Most locations will also have a router that you have to configure port forwarding in order to allow Windows Remote Desktop connections.

Windows Remote Desktop uses port 3389 for establishing the connection. You have to log in and configure your router to forward inbound connections on port 3389 to the private ip address of the host computer behind the router.

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