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Windows Vista® Inside Out Deluxe Edition by Craig Stinson, Carl Siechert, Ed Bott

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Configuring Your Network for Remote Desktop Connections

When you enable Remote Desktop on Windows Vista Business, Enterprise, or Ultimate, the server listens for incoming connections on port 3389. Enabling Remote Desktop also creates an exception in Windows Firewall that allows authenticated traffic on this port.

That makes Remote Desktop easy to use over a local network where no third-party security software is installed. But it doesn’t solve the many problems you face when trying to connect to Remote Desktop over the internet. To connect through the internet, you must be able to reach the remote computer using a known public IP address, and you have to get through a router and past any security software in between the two computers. If you’re ...

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