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Faq / April 17, 2017

Registry EditorTo change the port, click on the Windows Start button and type Regedit in the search field and then press Enter on your keyboard. If you are in Windows XP, you will have to click on the Run button before typing. Once you press enter, the Registry Editor screen will appear as shown below.

Windows Registry Editor

Navigate to the HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Terminal Server\WinStations\RDP-Tcp key and when there left click once on the RDP-Tcp key in the left pane. In the right pane of the windows you will now be presented with a list of values that are under this key. Scroll down on the right until you see the PortNumber value as shown below.

PortNumber Value

Now double-click on the PortNumber value and you will be shown a small dialog where you can change its value. When the dialog opens, it will be configured to show you the hexadecimal equivalent of the port number. As it easier to use decimal numbers, select the Decimal radio selection under the Base category. The dialog box should now be similar to the one below.

Edit the PortNumber Value

Type the new port number that you would like to use instead of 3389 in the Value data field and then press the OK button. You can now close the Registry Editor program.

Edit the PortNumber valueYou now need to reboot your computer in order for the changes to go into effect.

Your Remote Desktop Services or Terminal Server is now configured to use the new port that you entered.

How to connect to a Terminal Server or Remote Desktop that is using a custom port

When you use the Remote Desktop Client to connect to a remote computer it will automatically attempt to make the connection on port 3389. If you are connecting to a computer that uses a custom Remote Desktop Services port you must specify the custom port as part of the address you are connecting to. To do this, you simply add a colon followed by the port number to the IP address or host name you are connecting to. For example, if you were connecting to the host and it used a custom port of 8178, you would need to specify as the computer you are connecting to.

Examples of a Windows and Mac Remote Desktop Client connecting to a remote port are show below:

Windows Remote Desktop Client

Mac Remote Desktop Client

As you can see in the above pictures, you specify the port as part of address by using a colon.

You should now know how to connect to a Terminal Server or Remote Desktop Server that is using a custom port.

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