How To Activate And Use Remote Desktop For Windows 10

Windows 10 includes a service to share access to the machine. You can connect to it from another device in your network, landline or mobile, entirely only.

Most often, a PC is used locally, with direct access to its screen, keyboard and mouse. But sometimes it is necessary to do it at a distance. Typical use in the server domain via tools like SSH. This need can also be expressed in an office environment, with access to the system’s graphical interface in the Dell PowerEdge R640.

Give The Machine A Name

By default, your device will be accessible on the network with a name of type DESKTOP-XXXXXXX, which will not necessarily be very easy to remember. You can change it easily.

To do this, go to the System Information tab of the System section of the Settings application, a Rename this PC button is present. You can then choose the name you like for your HPE ProLiant DL380 Gen9. It is also possible to opt for the command line.

The Password Of The User Account

To remotely access your machine, you will need to use a password and therefore have it defined. This is necessarily the case if you use your Microsoft account, but not for a local account. To add one, go to the Connection Options tab of the Accounts section of the Settings app.

Once an account with a defined password has been created, you can log in from another machine. This can be done through the local network, or remotely if you have redirected the port of your router. It may be preferable to use a Virtual Private Network (VPN) solution to enhance the security of remote access.

Connection Clients

By default, Microsoft delivers Windows 10 with the Win32 “Remote Desktop Connection” application. There is also a “universal” version available on the Microsoft Store.

Other official customers are available for Android, iOS or macOS. Unfortunately, no client requiring a browser is offered, which is currently reserved for Windows Virtual Desktop on Azure. Hopefully, the situation will eventually evolve, or the company will propose a client for Linux.

What Limitations, How Does It Work?

Since the Win32 client provides the most options, we used it for this example. By default, it merely proposes to type the name or the IP address of the machine, then to validate. You will be prompted for the user name and password, and the connection must be established without any problem.

The first time, a window will tell you that it is impossible to verify the identity of the remote computer, its certificate is unknown.