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Restricting Remote Desktop (RDP) Access

If you’re a Windows user, restricting Remote Desktop (RDP) access to your Windows Server when not using a VPN is a crucial step in ensuring server security. Thankfully, the process for restricting RDP access is pretty easy to do.


How to Restrict Remote Desktop Access

To limit RDP access to your server, simply follow the instructions below:

  1. First, open the Windows Server control panel.

    Screenshot showing the contents of the Windows Server control panel

  2. Next, navigate to System and Security.

    Screenshot showing the System and Security tab and highlighting the Windows Defender Firewall

  3. Now, click on Windows Defender Firewall to open the Firewall configuration.

    Screenshot showing options for the Windows Defender Firewall

  4. Next, click on Advanced Settings, and then Inbound Rules.

    Screenshot showing the Advanced settings and Inbound Rules options

  5. Find the rule Remote Desktop – User Mode (TCP-In), then right click on it, and select Properties.

    Remote Desktop user mode properties screen

  6. On the Scope tab, press the Add button under the Remote IP addresses section.

    Properties screen highlighting the Scope tab and Remote IP Address list

  7. Finally, to restrict access, add your IP address or an IP address range. If you do not know your IP address you can view it here:

    Sample IP address

    *Note: Be sure to add other IP addresses such as your developer or systems administrator as needed.

  8. When you’ve finished, click the OK button to finalize your changes.

That’s it!


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