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Microsoft Remote Desktop Connections-Part 1

November 12, 2015

What is Remote Desktop Connection
  • Remote Desktop Connection is a technology that allows you to sit at a computer (sometimes called the client computer) and connect to a remote computer (sometimes called the host computer) in a different location.

  • For example, you can connect to a network server from your desktop computer and have access to all of the programs, files, and network resources as though you were in front of the server computer console.

RDCs are referred to by several names:

  • RDC (Remote Desktop Connection or just Remote Desktop)

  • RDP (Remote Desktop Protocol)

  • TS (Terminal Server connection)

  • MSTSC (Microsoft Terminal Server Client)

    With Remote Desktop Connection client, you can access a computer running Windows Operating System from another computer running the RDC client that is connected to the same network.

    Mac OS does have a version of the RDC client that may be installed on the workstation.

To connect to a remote computer, that computer must be:

  • turned on,

  • it must have a network connection,

  • Remote Desktop must be enabled,

  • you must have network access to the remote computer (this could be through the Internet), and

  • you must have permission to connect.

For permission to connect, you must be in the Remote Desktop User group on the remote system.


What is needed for RDC to work.
  • Remote Desktop Connect Client


  • Remote System, setup for remote connection

  • Client OS machines only allow 1 (one) connection. Either live or remote console.

  • Server OS machines have two settings of remote desktop

  • Access to Remote System

  • Users accessing remote system must be in the Remote Desktop User Group of the remote system


Two types of Server Remote Desktop:

1) Remote Desktop for Administration (formerly called TS Remote Administration mode)

  • No additional licenses needed

  • Allows only two remote connections plus the console

    2) Remote Desktop Services (formerly called Terminal Server Services)

  • Requires user or device Client Access Licenses (CAL)

  • Access allowed for multiple users (up to the amount of CALs installed on TS License server


By default, members of the local Administrator Group is part of the Remote Desktop User Group.


How to access Remote Desktop Connection Client

Open Remote Desktop Connection by:

  1. clicking the Start button

  2. clicking All Programs

  3. clicking Accessories

  4. then clicking Remote Desktop Connection


Note: You can also open Remote Desktop Connection by typing "mstsc" in the Search box on the Start menu.


  • Type [Win Key] + Q (to search Applications)

  • Type Remote Desktop Connection in the search box

  • Click on the application icon in the Results view


Read Part 2 to for Remote Desktop Connection Settings and more

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