How to connect to server using RDP?

RDP (Remote Desktop Protocol) is one of ways of gaining SSH-access to your VPS. Instructions for using it on Windows, Mac OS and Linux systems are below.

Using Remote Desktop on a Windows System

  1. Click Start button and click Run…
  2. Type “mstsc” and press Enter.
  3. In "Computer" field: type in your server's IP address
  4. Click Connect.
  5. You should see Windows login prompt.

Remote Desktop from a Linux Computer with RDesktop Package installed

  1. Type ‘rdesktop’ followed by your server’s IP address and press Enter.
    • Example:
      $ rdesktop 72.52.246.40
  2. You should see Windows login prompt.

Remote Desktop from Mac OS X

  1. Using the Microsoft RDP Tool:
    1. Download and install the Microsoft Remote Desktop Connection Client for Mac here.
    2. Upon loading the application you will be asked to input IP address or server’s hostname you would like to connect to. 
    3. After you click Connect, client will ask for your user name and password.
    4. If it fails to connect you can try again inside the remote connection window.
  2. Using CoRD:
    1. Download and install the CoRD application here.
    2. Open the application and click on the File menu, then New Server
    3. You will be presented with a window where you can specify information about the server you are connecting to.
    4. Enter the server’s hostname or IP address in the Address field.
    5. You can alter the other settings in this window if you wish but all you need to start the connection is the address.
    6. When you are finished making changes, press the enter/return key on your keyboard or simply close the new server window.
    7. Your new server profile will appear in the list to the left side of the application. Double click on it and you will start the connection to your server.
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