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Use RDP Client to Connect to a Different Port

Daniel Petri

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When working with Terminal Server or RDP you have the choice to change the XP RDP 5.1 or 5.2 client connecting port.

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For the "old" Windows 2000 Terminal Server client port changes see Use Terminal Server Client to Connect to a Different Port.

If you’ve changed the listening port on the TS from its’ default – 3389 (Change Terminal Server Listening Port)- you’ll also need to configure your client to connect to the new port. Changing the connection port on the RDP clients is quite easy.

To Alter the Port on the client side:

  1. Go to the Start menu and click on Run.
  2. On the Run menu type MSTSC and click Enter.
  3. In the RDP window, in the Computer box, scroll to the computer name or IP to which you wish to connect.
  4. Add a ":Port" (without the quotes) where "Port" is the decimal value of the destination port.

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  1. Press Connect.

Another method of connecting to a different port that default is to run the MSTSC command with the required command line parameters:

/v:ServerName[:Port]

For example:

MSTSC /v:192.168.0.150:3390

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Note: To use RDP on computers with operating systems other than Windows XP/2003 you will first need to install the RDP client (Download RDP 5.2).

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