How to enable Remote Desktop on Windows Server 2022
As the latest released Server operating system released by Microsoft, Windows Server 2022 gets significant development in Azure, security, and application compatibility, to support virtualization outside the network, resist the increasing cyber-attacks and provide a flexible platform for container applications.
Remote Desktop is a Windows feature, which allows you to connect to a computer from another location as if you were local. If you have upgraded to or installed Windows Server 2022, keep reading to realize how to turn on Remote Desktop for remote management on Windows Server 2022.
Option 1. Windows Server 2022: Enable Remote Desktop from GUI
To enable Windows Server 2022, go to "System Properties" window Remote tab and then follow the steps below:
Step 1. Choose “Allow remote connections to this computer”.
Step 2. A message saying that Remote Desktop Firewall exception will be enabled pops up and you can click “OK” to allow Remote Desktop through firewall.
Step 3 (Omissible). Click “Select Users” button; click “Add” button and you’ll see “Select Users” window.
Step 4 (Omissible). Type the user name you want to add and click “OK”. Or you can click “Advanced” button to select the user from the list.
Step 5. Click “OK” to save the change and exit from “System Properties” window.
✍ To go to System Properties window Remote tab interface, you can pick up one of the three ways as you like.
✎ Way 1. From Windows Server 2022 Server Manager
1. Log in to Windows Server 2022 using a local administrator account.
2. Type “Server Manager” in the search box and double click pop-up item to open Server Manager.
3. Click “Local Server” and find out “Remote Desktop”. Then, click the “Disabled” and you’ll be in the window.
4. Then, you’ll in the “System Properties” window.
✎ Way 2. From Windows Server 2022 Control Panel
1. Type “Control Panel” in the search box and double-click the pop-up option to open Control Panel.
2. In the “Control Panel” window, click “System and Security”.
3. Then, click “All remote access” and you can access the window.
✎ Way 3. From Windows Server 2022 Run dialogue.
1. Press “Windows” + “R”, input “sysdm.cpl” and press Enter.
2. The “System Properties” window pops up and you can click “Remote” tab. Then, you can see “Allow remote connections to this computer” option.
Option 2. Windows Server 2022: Enable Remote Desktop from Powershell
You can also choose to enable Remote Desktop and allow it through Firewall using command line in PowerShell.
Step 1. Press Windows + X and choose “Windows PowerShell (Admin)” to run PowerShell as administrator.
Step 2. To allow remote connections, type the command line below and hit Enter.
✐ “Set-ItemProperty -Path 'HKLM:\System\CurrentControlSet\Control\Terminal Server' -name "fDenyTSConnections" -value 0”.
Step 3. To make Windows Firewall allow RDP, type the following command line and hit Enter.
✐ “Enable-NetFirewallRule -DisplayGroup "Remote Desktop".
Install Remote Desktop Services on Windows Server 2022
After Remote Desktop is enabled on Windows Server 2022, you can access and manage the server remotely. If you want to allow multiple users to access it at the same time, you need to install Remote Desktop Services (RDS, which is removed on Server 2022 by default. Here are the detailed steps:
Step 1. Log in to Server 2022 using a local administrator account.
Step 2. Go to Server Manager; choose “Add roles and features” and click “Next”.
Step 3. On the Select installation type page, choose Role-based or feature-based installation and click Next.
Step 4. On Select Destination window, select the server, and click “Next”.
Step 5. On Select Server Roles window, choose “Remote Desktop Services”.
Step 6. Check “Remote Desktop Session Host” and follow the prompts to finish the RDS installation.
Step 7. Restart Windows Server 2022.
How to remote desktop to Server 2022 from another device
If you are unfamiliar with how to remote desktop to Server 2022 after enabling RDP, keep reading!
▶ From a computer that is running Windows:
Step 1. Press "Windows" + "R", input "mstsc" and hit Enter to open Remote Desktop Connection window.
Step 2. In the window, type in the IP address of Windows Server 200 and click "Connect".
Step 3. Do as the Windows login prompts to complete remote access.
▶ From a computer that is running Linux:
Step 1. Use xterm to open Command shell.
Step 2. In the window, type "desktop" to check whether rdestkop is installed.
Step 3. If not, install the desktop package. If is, type "desktop" followed by the IP address of the Windows Server 2022 and hit Enter.
▶ From a computer that is running Mac OS X versions 10.9 and later:
Step 1. Download and install Microsoft Remote Desktop from the Mac App Store.
Step 2. Click the "New“ button and fill in the necessary information, including PC name (IP address of the Windows Server), username, password, etc. Then, close this window.
Step 3. Under "My Desktops", choose the Server and press "Start" to access the Server.
▶ From iOS device
Step 1. Download and open RD iOS client.
Step 2. Click the “+” and select “Add PC” in the pop-up window.
Step 3. Click “PC name”. Enter the hostname or IP address of the Server.
Step 4. Click “User Account”. If you often need to remotely control a PC from iPhone, it is recommended that you select “Add User Account”.
Step 5. Back to the main interface and click the IP address icon just created, enter the credentials of the laptop in the pop-up window, and click “Continue”
Step 7. Then you have remotely accessed Windows Server from iOS device.
▶ From Android device
Step 1. Download Microsoft Remote Desktop from Google Play and run it
Step 2. Tap “+” icon and wait for the app to scan for the remote PC. Then, choose the one that you want to access.
Step 4. If there is no PC appearing, tap “Add Manually”. Then, you’ll be in a window that is labeled “Add desktop”.
Step 5. You can type the computer name or IP address of the host PC under PC name. Under user name, type the username and password after choose “Add user account”.
Step 6. Expand “Show additional options” and you can change settings or leave them alone. Then, click “Save”.
Further reading: Windows Server 2022 Remote Desktop alternative
If you think the process to remote into Server 2022 using Remote Desktop is a little bit complicated or Windows Server 2022 RDP isn't working, you can switch to a third-party professional remote access software for Windows Servers and Windows PCs, AnyViewer.
It enables you to take full control of the remote computer, only view the screen of the remote computer, shut down or reboot the remote PC with 1 click after you assign the device to an AnyViewer account. What's most important, even if the computers are within the same network, you don't need to configure port forwarding. Click the following button to have a try right now.
▪ System requirements: The host computer: Windows Server 2022/2019/2016/2012 R2 or Windows 11/10/8.1/8/7.
▪ The client device: Windows Server 2022/2019/2016/2012 R2 or Windows 11/10/8.1/8/7; iOS 10.0 version and later; or Android 6.0 version and later.
Now, see how to use AnyViewer to access Windows Server 2022.
Step 1. Download, install and run AnyViewer on the Windows Server 2022 machine. Create an AnyViewer account and log into it.
Step 2. On your local device, download, install and run AnyViewer. Log into the same account.
Step 3. Go to "Device" and locate Windows Server 2022 machine. Click it and click “Remote control”.
Now, you can see the screen of the remote Server 2022 device and you can operate it remotely.