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much more secure option, but only remote desktop clients running Windows Vista or later will be able to connect. Remote Desktop Protocol 2:09-2:48 The remote desktop service relies on the remote desktop protocol or RDP which uses TCP Port 3389. In order to establish a remote desktop session with a remote system, the remote system has to have the necessary exception added to its host- based firewall to allow the incoming connection on this port. By default, when you enable remote desktop, the local Windows firewall is automatically updated with rules that allow remote desktop connections to be made to the computer. If this didn't happen for some reason or if the exception was manually disabled, you must manually add the exception to the Windows firewall to allow the remote desktop service through on TCP Port 3389.
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Remote Desktop Security 2:49-4:12 To increase security, you can obscure the fact that a Windows host has remote desktop enabled by changing the default port used by remote desktop connections. For example, you can configure it use Port 2345. Doing this has ramifications, however. You must manually create the necessary exceptionin the host firewall and manually specify which port to use in your remote desktop client configuration. This is an example of security by obscurity. It hides the fact that remote desktop is running on that system. It's not a full-proof security measure. The remote desktop service is still running, and a port is open for it in the host firewall. It's just less obvious. You should also restrict which Windows users are allowed to establish remote desktop sessions to a system. To do this, Windows uses a built-in group named Remote Desktop Users. This group is used to grant a standard Windows user the ability to connect from a remote computer using remote desktop. This is done by adding the user as a member of this group. This does not need to be done for users who are already members of the administrators group. By default, members of the administrators group are automatically granted remote desktop access. Any user in the administrators or remote desktop users groups must have a password assigned to their account to be allowed to establish a remote desktop session. If a user doesn't have a password assigned, then the remote desktop service will reject the remote connection attempt. Remote Desktop Connection Configuration 4:13-4:51 When you start the remote desktop client, you'll be prompted to configure the session. You can configure parameters such as remote host, user credentials, display resolution and color depth, remote audio, keyboard key combinations, access to local printers and the clipboard, connection speed, and associated remote desktop features to be enabled. The more remote desktop features you enable in the connection, the more network bandwidth will be required to support the connection. If you have a low-bandwidth connection, you can turn some features off like desktop background, font smoothing, desktop composition, Windows dragging effects, menu and Window animations, and visual styles.
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