Remote Desktop with Custom Port from Surface RT

Mark Berry September 29, 2015

Today I was helping a customer connect from an original Microsoft Surface tablet running Surface RT to a remote Windows 7 desktop computer. The desktop uses a custom RDP listening port (e.g. 34111).

We encountered a problem with the standard Remote Desktop Connection application. According to the customer, when she typed “remote.domain.org:34111” as the Computer Name, she got a message that the colon was not allowed. But that is required to specify the custom port, so she couldn’t connect.

Remote Desktop app iconThe workaround was to install the Remote Desktop application from the Windows Store, then run the Remote Desktop app (look for the orange icon) rather than the standard app. The UI is a bit different but it does accept the colon for specifying a port number.

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Prevent Administrator from Remote Logon to Workgroup Server

Mark Berry September 13, 2010

When I set up a server for management via Remote Desktop, I prefer to change the RDP listening port to a non-default value (MSKB 306759) and to use a custom admin account for the logon. These simple obfuscations may not defeat a determined hacker, but they do reduce attacks from automated bots.

Of course, it’s not enough to just create an alternative admin account; you have to prevent the default Administrator account from logging on via Remote Desktop. Some go so far as to disable the Administrator account. I just block its remote access.

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Windows Remote Desktop Printing

Mark Berry January 25, 2010

Often home users connecting to a remote computer would like to print to their local printer. It is possible, at least sometimes, depending on the printer. The basic idea is that the host computer needs a driver for the guest computer’s printer, then it needs to be able to map that driver to the printer when the terminal services session is established.

When the remote user’s printer is an HP-Postscript enabled LaserJet HP2605dn, I have had some success installing the HP Universal Print Driver – Postscript and using the printer mapping described in MSKB 239088 and near the end of this article:  Windows Terminal Services Printing. And yes, this applies not only to servers running Terminal Services (aka Remote Desktop Services), but also to individual desktop computers that allow remote users to connect via Remote Desktop.

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