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Setting Up A Remote Desktop Connection (RDC) - Windows 7

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Step 1:

 From your target computer, click the Windows icon in the lower left corner of your screen and type ‘cmd’ in the Search box, then hit enter.



In the Command Prompt window, type ‘ipconfig’ and hit enter.  Find the IP address, circled below.



Remaining within the Command Prompt window, type ‘nslookup [YOUR IP ADDRESS]’ and hit enter.  Then copy the “name” (circled below) down, as you will need this later.

After copying this name down in its entirety, close the Command Prompt window by typing ‘exit’ and hitting enter.

Step 2:

Left click on the Windows icon, right click on Computer, and left click on Properties.

Click on Remote settings in the pane on the left.

Ensure that 'Allow connections from computers running any version of Remote Desktop (less secure)' is selected.  If not, select it and then click Apply.  Once done, click OK to close System Properties.

Step 3:

Click the Windows icon and type 'firewall' in the Search box and select Windows Firewall with Advanced Security.

Click on Inbound Rules in the pane on the left, then scroll down the list of entries until you find Remote Desktop (TCP-In) with the Profile type 'Domain,' then double-click that entry.

rdc rule

Click on the Scope tab along the top menu bar and ensure that under the 'Remote IP address' heading, the IP addresses listed below are entered.

Image of manual scope settings

If not, enter each address by clicking Add, typing in the following addresses one at a time, and clicking OK:

129.64.4.0/24 (illustrated below)

129.64.8.0/24 (Included for support purposes -- grants access to IP addresses witin Feldberg Communications Center)

129.64.16.0/24 (Included for support purposes -- grants access to Help Desk IP addresses)

129.64.100.0/24

Once all the addresses have been entered, click OK to save your changes, then close the Windows Firewall with Advanced Security window by clicking the X in the top right corner of your screen.  The instructions on how to configure your other (non-target) computer vary by operating system: PC and Mac instructions are provided.