Skip to comments.Remote Desktop won't work on one computer
Posted on 07/28/2014 7:24:07 PM PDT by chuckles
I'm trying to get Remote Desktop on my home network to work. I have 2 desktops and 2 laptops. One desktop is my main box and I have 4 screens and use it to serve media to my TV over a web box. I have 6 drives on it and it needs lots of maintenance. I can remote each laptop and the other desktop from each other, but I can't access my main box from anywhere. I've done all the help fixes, but no joy yet. I can even access the laptops and other box from my main desktop, but it won't go the other way. I would love to move files and do work from the laptop to get out of my bedroom. Keeping track of multiple disks and duplicate files is keeping me chained to the bedroom.
I was wondering if it being a server could be the problem or something I'm missing that makes it not work. The very computer I am trying to access is the only one that won't work. I've cut off all firewalls, no AVG, and changed settings till I'm blue in the face. All the others worked first time in 1 minute.
Any words of wisdom from the FR wisdom?
owww, my head hurts
If it’s a server, it should default to not being accessible via remote desktop.
Have you enabled it (usually in the remote tab of computer properties, IIRC).
Also need to open up Windows Firewall if in use.
Remote Desktop doesn’t work as a server from all versions of Windows.
I’m not sure about Win 8, but on Win 7 machines, you need Win 7 Professional or higher to act as a server.
Requirements for client side are not as strict.
Dumb question, but is the problem box using an OS that LETS you run it remotely? (It’s not Home Premium is it?)
Can you ping it?
What’s the OS on the server? None of the Microsoft ones come with RDP enabled, but it’s the work of 10 seconds to enable it.
check system event log; off start menu if server, or control panel-administrative tools->event viewer if win 7/8
its bound to have logged something.
BTW - If the problem IS the OS being home premium instead of Pro, you can still run it remotely with UltraVNC instead of Rconsole.
If that's the reason, install VNC (some flavor of it) and enjoy. VNC works everywhere, though it's not as snappy as RDP for technical reasons. (RDP plugs into the GDI, but VNC is a sophisticated screen scraper.)
Thanks for the link! Looks interesting, especially since they have a Linux port so I think I may download and test it for a bit.
All my files are on dropbox and I access them from where I and my device of the moment happens to be. Easy.
RDP allowed thru firewall
What messages are you getting, if any, when you try using RDP?
Is there anything in the server’s error log?
Something you’ve left out is what operating system the computers are.
If all else fails, have you considered using VNC?
I never could get my XP laptop and desktop to network. When I got Win7 laptop and desktop, they were easier.
Later, I got a Western Digital NAS 3TB hard drive. Both the laptop and desktop recognize it. I can save files to it from one machine and easily access it on the other machine. I also put TV shows/movies on it and use the ROKU/Plex ap to watch them on my TV.
You might check out NAS/cloud drives.
Seems like there was a special step on Server 2003 over and above what you’d have to do in XP, but dammed if I can remember what it was.
RD is turned on and Firewall was turned off and then turned on with port (I think 3389) open.