Vista Remote Desktop Connection Troubleshooting
Troubleshooting remote desktop connection involves examining both the local client, and the distant network host computer.
Topics for Windows Remote Desktop Connection Problems
The situation is that you leave your desk with a Vista computer running and wander to another Vista machine on the same network. You want to check your email, but it's a long trek back to the other machine so you decide to make a Remote Desktop connection. This where you check that connection is allowed:
Click on 'Start', Control Panel, System and Security, System, Allow Remote Access.
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The situation is that you have configured the host (remote / network) computer to allow connections. Now you want to launch the Remote Desktop Connection on the local client. To access mstsc.exe, click on the Windows Start Orb and in the Search dialog box, type Remote Desktop.
Double Click on Remote Desktop Connection - See screenshot.
Type the name of the computer that you wish to access. I also advise you to examine the Option before you click 'Connect'.
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Installing the program mstsc.exe rarely gives problems. Thus troubleshooting focuses on network connectivity and permissions. Once you get a basic remote desktop connection, there is potential for a whole set of new problems, for example, features such as printing or Aero Graphics don't work.
Basic Troubleshooting Techniques to Get a Connection
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Hostname Problems - Remote Desktop cannot find computer...
If you have selected Network Level Authentication then you must type the full computer name at the client. For example mycomputer.local and not plain mycomputer. If in doubt, try ping mycomputer. The surest alternative is to check in the Control Panel, System and Security, System: Full computer name.
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For problems relating to local resources, or Flip 3D, then check the Options button (see above), then examine the six tabs that you see in the screenshot to the right.
Summary of Troubleshooting Vista Remote Desktop Connection
The first step in troubleshooting is to check that the distant network computer is setup to allow remote desktop connections. On the client computer test with ping that you can contact the target machine. Once you can make a basic connection examine each tab in the Options.
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