Advanced tab in Remote Desktop Connection
Configuration of the Advanced tab in Remote Desktop Connection
There are different ways to access features and files on another computer remotely. For Windows users, an easy way to make such a connection is to use the Remote Desktop Connection tool. By this option, a computer (with any edition of Windows) could connect to another computer running Pro or Enterprise edition. In previous articles, we discussed the configuration of the General, Display, Local resources, and Experience tabs in this software. This article is to clarify how to configure the Advanced tab in Remote Desktop Connection.
Running Remote Desktop Connection
To open and run the Remote Desktop Connection software, click on the Start button, go to Windows Accessories and click on Remote Desktop Connection. A more natural way to open the software is to click on the Start button and type remote desktop. Its name and icon will appear in the Windows search results. Click on it to run.
There are also tow slightly more advanced ways to open the Remote Desktop Connection tool. You can open this software from the Run window. Press Windows+R keys to open the Run window. Type mstsc in the Open field and click on the Ok button. Furthermore, using command prompt (cmd) is another way to do this. Open the cmd. Insert mstsc.exe command, and tap the enter key.
The first view of Remote Desktop Connection
As you run the software, a new window titled Remote Desktop Connection will appear. At the first look, you will see only one empty field in this window, named Computer. But If you click on the Show Options button on the lower-left corner, the window will expand, and the options will appear. In the expanded window there are five tabs. Let's directly go to the last one, the Advanced tab.
The Advanced tab in Remote Desktop Connection
In the advanced tab, there are two sections entitled Server authentication and Connect from anywhere, respectively.
The Server authentication section in the Advanced tab
In the server authentication section, you define what would happen if your remote (server) computer is not authenticated. The server authentication verifies that you connect to the intended remote computer. Thus, It could prevent you from connecting to a wrong remote computer. The strength of the required verification to connect is defined by your system security policy.
You have three choices in the server authentication drop-down menu. The first option is, Connect and don’t warn me. If you choose the first option, you will connect to the remote computer even if the Remote Desktop Connection could not verify the identity of the remote computer. Note that choosing this option lets the software to connect to a not-identified remote computer without warning you or asking to confirm the connection. Thus it is not secure enough.
The second option is, Warn me. It means that the Remote Desktop Connection will warn you if it can not verify the remote computer identity. Afterwards, you could choose if you want to connect to the not-identified remote computer or not. This option is more secure than the first one.
The third option is, Do not connect. So if you choose this option, the Remote Desktop Connection can not connect to the not-identified remote computer.
The Connect from anywhere section in the Advanced tab
The connect from anywhere section lets you configure settings to connect through Remote Desktop Gateway when you are working remotely.
Note: Remote Desktop Gateway (RDG) service lets you get remote access to another computer through either a local or non-local network. This service provides a more secure remote desktop connection by encrypting the RDP traffic into an HTTPS tunnel.
Note: The Hypertext Transfer Protocol Secure (HTTPS) tunnelling is widely used to make the computer network communications safer.
By Clicking on the Setting button in this section, a new window entitled RD gateway server settings will open. In the RD Gateway server settings window, there are two sections named Connection settings and Logon settings.
The Connection settings section in the RD gateway server settings window
In the Connection settings section, there are several options. Note that the Group policy should have already been enabled to use these options.
Automatically detect RD Gateway server settings
The Automatically detect RD Gateway server settings option is the first option on the Connection settings section and is marked as default. By selecting this option, the Remote Desktop Connection tool uses the configured Group policy to define the behavior of the local computer (client) on the remote connection. So it will automatically connect to the remote desktop gateway.
Use these RD Gateway server settings
The next option on the Connection settings section is Use these RD Gateway server settings. If the server name and logon method are not enabled and enforced on the group policy, you could define the server name and logon method under the Use these RD Gateway server settings option
Bypass RD Gateway server for local addresses
The Bypass RD Gateway server for local addresses option is enabled as default. It lets the Remote Desktop Connection to automatically recognize the cases which the use of RD Gateway is required. Thus, the RD Gateway will be used only in cases you connect through a non-local network.
Do not use an RD Gateway server
If you always connect through the local network, you do not need to use an RD Gateway. So you could choose the Do not use an RD Gateway server option.
The Logon settings section in the RD gateway server settings window
In the Logon settings section, the remote user name you previously entered (on the General tab) displays. You will be asked for credentials when you connect to the RD Gateway server.
Note: There is a checkbox at the button of the Logon settings section, named Use my RD Gateway credentials for the remote computer. By marking this checkbox, you will be asked for credentials only once and the entered credentials will be uses for logon into the both RD Gateway server and remote computer.
After you set up all the items on the RD Gateway server settings window and clicking on the Ok, you will go back to the Advanced tab. Now you could connect, using the connect button on this tab or navigate to the other tabs to configure other available options.
In this article, the configuration of the Advanced tab in Remote Desktop Connection was discussed, and all the options on this tab were explained. Hope you find the article helpful and practical. Share your views and experiences in the commenting section.