Enable remote desktop connectivity on Windows Server 2008 R2

A quick note to those who have hit the same block when trying to enable remote desktop connectivity in a Windows Server 2008 R2 environment.

Ensure that the following windows services are started:

  • DNS Client
  • Function Discovery Resource Publication
  • SSDP Discovery
  • UPnP

Ensure that the computer is configured to allow remote desktop connections (under System Properties -> “Remote” tab.)

Ensure that under “Advanced sharing settings”, “Turn on network discovery” on option is selected. This property widow can be opened by clicking on the windows start button and searching for “advanced”.

That’s it!


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