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Remote Access to Windows Terminal Server

Microsoft Windows' Remote Desktop Connection application provides access to one of the ENCS Terminal Server. This service is offered to our full‑time staff only. Our ENCS Terminal Servers contain the basic set of software applications that you will find on an office computer.  Network drives are mapped automatically upon logon.
In this example, is described a procedure to remotely access the terminal server “” using the Windows Remote Desktop Connection software.

Preparation from your Home Computer

1. Establishing an SSH tunnel using PuTTY

PuTTY will be used as the SSH client software to establish an SSH tunnel.  You can download PuTTY here. You don't need to install the program; simply save the executable in a convenient location like your user "Desktop".

I - To launch PuTTY, double-click on the icon located on your desktop.

II - Expand the "Connection Category" cited in the left pane of the "Configuration" window; expand "SSH" and select the "Tunnels" option.

III - In the main pane, in the "Add new forwarded port" section, perform the following steps:

  1. Enter “3390” next to "Source port".
  2. For the "Destination", type in the hostname of the machine to which you are remotely connecting, followed by a colon and port number 3389.  For example:
  3. Click on the "Add" button.  For an example, refer to the left image below.  This is what you should have in the "Forwarded ports" section: "L3390".

IV - Select the "Session Category" listed at the top of the left pane:

  1. Enter the hostname of the machine through which you want to establish your tunnel (use
  2. Select SSH as the "Connection type" protocol. This will automatically set the "Port" number to 22.

V - Save your session by typing in a name in the box located under "Saved Sessions" and click on the "Save" button.  You will be able to load this configuration the next time by selecting it and pressing the "Load" button.   An example follows below, in the image located to the right.

VI - Select the "Open" button. If a "PuTTY Security Alert" window appears, indicate that you want "to add the key to PuTTY's cache and carry on connecting" by hitting "Yes".

VII - Enter your ENCS username and password when prompted.

2. Installing the remote control application

Remote Desktop - Windows only application.  For installation and configuration click here and download "msrdpcli.exe".  

Note that this application comes pre-installed on Windows XP.  Click Start, click All Programs, click Accessories, click Communication, and then click Remote Desktop Connection.
A faster way to launch the application, is by using the Run Command:
Startà Run and type “mstsc”,  then click OK.

3. Connecting via the Remote Desktop

Now that you have established a tunneling session, you are ready to launch the remote desktop connection. For Windows XP Remote Desktop, follow these steps:

1. Run Remote Desktop using one of the methods described above (Start>Programs>Accessories>Communications or Run>Open:mstsc)

2. Enter in the Computer field.

Note: If the OS on the client machine is other than Windows XP Service Pack 2 (i.e. Windows XP, Windows 2000), enter

3. To change the connection settings, (such as the remote desktop size, automatic logon information, and performance options), click Options before you connect.