Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) is a technology that allows users to access and control a remote computer over a network connection. Businesses and individuals commonly use RDP to work remotely, manage servers and access files and applications from anywhere in the world. IT professionals, providers of software services and IT managers are even more likely to use these daily. Indeed, most of you often heavily rely on RDP for your work. In this article, we will discuss how to login to RDP on Windows 8. We will also see how using RDS-Tools can enhance and secure your infrastructure.

5 Steps to Login RDP on Windows 8 using RDS-Tools

Here are some practical steps for log into Remote Desktop. Using RDS-Tools will help secure, monitor and support your network, connections, servers, websites… The first step details how to enable remote access on a device. (A quick “prerequisites” note here: Windows Home editions do not support RDP.) The following steps take you through using Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) to connect to a remote computer from a Windows 8 machine.

Step 1, Enabling RDP on Windows 8

1.     To begin, ensure that the remote computer has Remote Desktop enabled. For this, you need the necessary permissions to access it. You can check the Remote Desktop settings on the remote computer by following these steps:

a. Open the Control Panel on the remote computer.

b. Click on the ‘System and Security’ option.

c. Click on the ‘System’ option.

d. Click on ‘Remote settings’. (At this stage a Windows Home edition will offer you the option of upgrading to a Pro edition or above, which will all support RDP.)

e. Select the option ‘Allow remote connections to this computer’. Ensure the checkbox next to ‘Remote Desktop’ is selected.

f. Click ‘OK’ to save the changes.

Steps 2 to 5, Logging in to and Using RDP on Windows 8

2.     On your Windows 8 computer, press the ‘Windows key’ to open the Start screen.

3.     Type ‘Remote Desktop Connection’ in the search bar and click on the ‘Remote Desktop Connection’ app in the search results.

4.     In the ‘Remote Desktop Connection’ window, enter the IP address or hostname of the remote computer in the ‘Computer’ field.

5.     Click ‘Connect’. You may be prompted to enter your username and password for the remote computer.

6.     Once connected, you will see the remote computer’s desktop in a new window, and you can start working remotely.

Necessary IT and Network Tools when Using RDP on Windows 8

So, you and your users will most likely be connecting from outside your local network. We therefore presume you also want to consider clamping down on Internet security. Indeed, cyber-threats can less than ever be ignored. Consider setting up port forwarding on your router? Or maybe use a VPN to access the remote computer securely? Alternatively, we recommend you try RDS Advanced Security, our comprehensive IT protection suite.

For your network, server, website surveillance needs, we have also designed RDS Server Monitoring. It gives you real-time control over the ups and downs of your servers and the usage of your websites. Overall, RDS Server Monitoring puts the keys in your hands so you keep control of your set-up. Thanks to email and Teams alerts, for example, you are in a position to troubleshoot most issues before they are ever noticed by the users of your network.

One final essential worth investigating is RDS Remote Support. No IT set-up can truly get by without an efficient remote tool for fixing, troubleshooting, training and so on. Our Remote Support tool-box has been developed and tested with feedback from our teams and partners. The tools which comprise it have been picked with care to provide the essentials for your support teams. Consequently, RDS Remote Support is a simple affordable and efficient tool-set. It is ideal for IT management and service providers.

If you are starting out, remember, RDP is only available on Windows Professional, Enterprise and Ultimate editions but it is not available on Windows Home editions.

Conclusion on How to Login RDP on Windows 8

RDP is a useful technology that allows users to access and control a remote computer over a network connection. To log in to RDP on Windows 8 using RDS-Tools, you need to ensure that the remote computer has Remote Desktop enabled and that you have the necessary permissions to access it. Then, you can use the Remote Desktop Connection app on your Windows 8 computer to connect to the remote computer and start working remotely. By following these simple steps, you can access your remote computer from anywhere in the world and work as if you were sitting in front of it.

As IT professionals of any type of business, we warmly invite you to browse our website for more information about RDS Remote Support, for example. We will also be very happy to hear from you should you have any specific needs and requirements regarding any of our products.

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