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Create a Remote Desktop Connection

Updated: June 8, 2005

Applies To: Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2003 R2, Windows Server 2003 with SP1, Windows Server 2003 with SP2

If Remote Desktop is enabled on a server, you can use Remote Desktop Connection to connect to the server and manage it remotely. Remote Desktop is disabled by default in Windows Server 2003 operating systems.

Administrative credentials

To complete this procedure, you must have Remote Desktop permissions by being added to the Remote Desktop Users group or you must be a member of the local Administrators group of the computer to which you are connecting. If the computer is a domain controller, you must have the Allow Logon Locally right applied in the Default Domain Controllers Policy.

To create a new Remote Desktop Connection

  1. On the Start menu, point to Programs or All Programs, point to Accessories, point to Communications, and then click Remote Desktop Connection.

  2. In Computer, type a computer name or Internet Protocol (IP) address, and then click Connect. The computer can be a terminal server, or it can be a computer running Windows XP Professional or a Windows Server 2003 operating system that has Remote Desktop enabled and for which you have Remote Desktop permissions.

  3. In the Log On to Windows dialog box, type your user name, password, and domain (if required), and then click OK.

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