If you’ve ever tried to remote desktop into a server from a client site and were unsuccessful, it’s most likely because they block port 3389, which is required for remote desktop. One great way around this is to use a Remote Desktop Services Gateway Computer. This server allows you to access a computer on your network through SSL, who’s port is typically always opened. This write-up specifies the client configuration for using a TS Gateway server. For a write-up on how to configure the server itself, there is a great article on Windowsecurity.com.
To establish a connection via a remote desktop services gateway computer, follow these steps:
Launch your clients Remote Desktop Connection (see below).
Specify the IP address of the computer on the remote network you are accessing.
Optional: specify the User Name used to access the remote server
Select the advanced tab.
Click the Settings button.
In the settings panel, please specify the following:
- Select the radio button for Use these RD Gateway server settings.
- Specify your Server name.
- Select Ask for Password (NTLM) for the logon method
- Click OK
Select the General Tab.
Click the Save As button, and specify a meaningful name for your connection so your settings will be saved.
When you click connect, you will be asked for two sets of credentials.
- The first set of credentials is a domain account to access the network
- The second set of credentials is for the server you are ultimately trying to access
Please discuss your specific settings with your administrator. For a detailed write-up on configuring a TS Gateway Server, read this article on WindowsSecurity.com