Securing Remote Desktop (RDP) on Windows Server

In order to minimise the risk of prospective attackers gaining access to your server via RDP (Remote Desktop Protocol), we recommend you read over the following Microsoft knowledge base articles and apply changes as appropriate.

 

Change the RDP Port 

To change the port RDP communicates on, please refer to this guide:

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/306759

 

NB: If applying the above, please ensure you take note of the new port you have assigned, and ensure that you have an appropriate allow rule set in your firewall before making the change.

 

Firewall RDP Access

We also recommend restricting the scope of your RDP access to known IP addresses (if possible). For information on limiting rule scope, please refer to the following Technet article:

http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?linkid=137813

 

NB: This solution is not appropriate for users with a dynamic IP address.

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