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How to connect to a Windows server

In this article, we will provide a step-by-step guide to connecting to a Windows server. We will also provide guidance on how to transfer files between your computer and a remote Windows server.

To start

Before connecting to a Windows server – whether it’s a dedicated server, cloud server or Forex VPS – make sure it is powered on.

You will need to ensure that you have the credentials to access your server. You can find these in the welcome email we sent you during the set-up of your server. They include a username and password.

Connecting to a Windows server from Microsoft Windows

You can use the standard Remote Desktop Connection client. This application is pre-installed in any modern Windows system. To connect to your server, you need to do the following:

1. Open the Start menu and type mstsc

open start and type mstc

2. A Desktop Connection application will appear in the search results. Click to open
3. Once the app is launched, click Show Options

click show options

4. On the General tab type the IP address of your server into the Computer field and a user name into the User name field, and check the Allow me to save credentials box

remote desktop connection setting

5. If you want to transfer files between your PC and this Windows server:
a. Switch to the Local Resources tab

switch to local resources

b. Click More

click on more

c. Expand Drives and select what drives from your PC should be available on the server
d. Click OK

choose the option and click ok

6. Click Connect

click connect

7. A new window will open. Type in the password and click OK

enter your credentials

8. Next click Yes to accept the certificate and a connection will be established

accept the certificate

9. If you chose to share folders between your PC and the server, you will find an additional drive in This PC section in Windows Explorer on the server

Connecting to a Windows server from macOS

You need to install an official Microsoft Remote Desktop client. You can download it from the Mac App Store.

First, add you server details:
1. In the top left corner of the app window, click the + button and select Desktop

select desktop

2. On the General tab:
a. Type in the IP address of your server into the PC name field

type in the ip address

b. In the User account drop-down menu select Add User Account. A pop-up window will appear

add user account

c. In this pop-up window type in the username and password for your server. Click Add

type username and password

If you want to transfer files between your Mac and this Windows server:
1. Switch to the Folders tab
2. Select the Redirect folders checkbox
3. Click the + sign in the lower left corner

selecte redirect folders

4. Select the folder you want to make available on the server and click Open
5. Repeat for any additional folders
6. Click Add

click add

Now you can connect to this server:
1. Select this new saved connection
2. Click the … button at the top of the window and select Connect

select connect option

3. Click Continue to accept the certificate and a connection will be established

click continue to accept certificate

4. If you chose to share folders between your Mac and the server, you will find an additional drive in This PC section in Windows Explorer

Connecting to a Windows server from Linux

There are many RDP clients for Linux but we suggest that you use Remmina.

Install Remmina, launch it, and then:

1. Click the new connection button in the top left corner of the screen

click the new connection

2. In the newly opened window type your server address into the Server field and the username and password into the Username and User password fields respectively

type your server address

3. In the Protocol drop-down menu select RDP

select rdp

4. Select True color (32 bpp) in the Color depth drop-down menu

select true color (32bpp)

5. If you want to transfer files between your computer and this Windows server:
a. Click the checkbox next to the Share folder label
b. Next, in the drop-down menu to the right, select what folder you want to make available on the Windows server
c. Click the Save and Connect button

transfer files between your computer & this server

6. If you chose to share folders between your computer and the server, you will find an additional drive in This PC section in Windows Explorer

Connecting to a Windows server from iOS (iPhone / iPad)

You need to install the Remote Desktop Mobile app from the App Store.

First, add you server details:
1. When you first open the app, it will request permissions to use Bluetooth and find devices on your local network. Connection to our servers doesn’t need these features, so you may safely decline

permission to use bluetooth
find devices on your local network

2. Tap the + sign at the bottom of the screen and select Add PC

select add pc

3. Tap PC Name on the next screen type in the address of your server. Return to the previous screen by tapping <

tap pc name
return to the previous screen

4. Tap User account then Add User Account. Enter the credentials and tap Save. Return to the previous screen

tap user account
add user account
enter the credentials
select administrator

5. Tap Save again

tap save

Now you can connect to this server:
1. Rotate your device sideways
2. On the PCs tab, tap the card of your server and the app will connect to it

tap card of server to connect

Connecting to a Windows server from an Android device

Microsoft has released an official Remote Desktop app for Android. You can download and install in from Google Play.

First, add you server details:
1. When you first open the app, you are presented with a license agreement. Accept it to proceed further

remote desktop t&c

2. Tap the + sign in the top right corner and select Add PC

select add pc

3. In the PC NAME field type in the address of your server. Under USER ACCOUNT select Add user account and type in your server credentials

type your server address
add user account

4. Tap SAVE twice

Now you can connect to this server:
1. Rotate your device sideways

rotate your device sideways

2. On the PCs tab tap the card of your server
3. The app will request to send you notifications. There’s no need for that so you can safely decline that request
4. On the certificate verification pop-up check the Never ask again box and tap CONNECT

select never ask again and connect

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