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How Do I Install RDP?

What is RDP?

RDP, or Microsoft Remote Desktop Protocol Client is a windows-based software that allows connection to a terminal-server either via a local LAN connection or through remote connection via the internet.


Installing RDP

The following procedure details the steps necessary to install RDP.

Step One – Downloading RDP client to your PC

Before you can install RDP, you’ll need to download it onto your local computer. Follow these steps:

  1. First connect to the Internet
  2. Then follow this link to connect to the Microsoft RDP web page:
  3. When the file download window appears – click on the Save button, browse to the desktop then click the save button again.
  4. The RDP client will start to download and should take approx. 10 minutes on a 56K modem connection.

Step Two – Installing RDP Client

To install the RDP client:

  1. Open Explorer (Right click on the Start menu and select Explore).
  2. Browse to the Desktop and then double click on the icon titled msrdpcli.exe
  3. Click the following buttons:
    Next -> I Accept the terms…… -> Next -> Next -> Install -> Finish

Step Three – Load the Terminal Server Address

To load the terminal server address:

  1. Contact your Systems administrator and get the address of your terminal server. You will be issued with two addresses; one is the LAN address used to connect within your building. The second is the Internet address for connection via the Internet from any outside location.
  2. Start RDP. To do so, go to the Start menu -> Programs -> Accessories -> Communications -> Remote Desktop
  3. Once RDP has started, enter the appropriate address to the RDP Client address field, to the right of the word Computer.

Step Four – Connect to the Terminal Server

Lastly, you’ll need to connect to the terminal server. To do so:

  1. Connect to the Internet.
  2. Start RDP client as above
  3. Ensure that you have the correct address loaded to the right of the word Computer
  4. Click on connect

After a brief delay you should get a Windows login box. After logging in to the Terminal Server, you’re free to start working!


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