How to change the remote desktop port in Windows Server 2019, 2016

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Hello! One of the many tasks that system administrators have is to manage computers remotely. This way they can solve users’ problems. They can also update computers or resolve concerns about the use of computers. Although there are third-party applications, Windows Server has its own remote connection manager. Indeed, Remote Desktop allows you to connect to Windows Server with any device with a Remote Desktop client. However, this technology uses the Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP). Which is connected through port 3389. Additionally, today we will see how to change the remote desktop port in Windows Server 2019, 2016.

How to modify the port for the remote desktop connection in Windows Server

The main reason to modify this port is very simple. Because security is a crucial element in any server. Indeed, hackers know that port 3389 is the one used for remote connection. They can then try to access the computer to steal information or make unauthorized changes. Consequently, it is highly recommended to change this port. To do this we will modify the Windows Server Registry. With this intention, press the Win+R combination and execute the following command:

regedit
Run the Registry Editor

Now please follow the next path:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE / SYSTEM / CurrentControlSet / Control / Terminal Server / WinStations / RDP-Tcp

Then select the value corresponding to PortNumber

Select the value corresponding to PortNumber
Select the value corresponding to PortNumber

Then double-click on the value. Immediately the values are displayed. Also, you can see that the value is displayed as d3d. This is because it is in a hexadecimal format. When you pass it to a decimal value, it is displayed as 3389.

Please check the value of the port.
Please check the value of the port.

Well, please edit it and add the value 6000. This will set this port. Finally, it is necessary to check a couple of steps. First, please check that the port is not blocked by the Windows Firewall. Finally, restart the server to set the changes.

Change the port to number 6000
Change the port to number 6000

Check access to the remote desktop.

Once the port is modified, it is time to check if the access to the remote desktop is correct. With this intention, please open the Remote Desktop client and enter the server name or IP address.

Connect to the server remotely.
Connect to the server remotely.

However, the connection will not be successful and you will see the following error message.

To access correctly, it is necessary to add the port number at the end of the IP address. For example:

192.168.30.128:6000
Add the port number at the end of the IP address.
Add the port number at the end of the IP address.

In this way, you will be asked for credentials to connect:

In this way, you will be asked for credentials to connect.
In this way, you will be asked for credentials to connect.

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