Mac users work in their native Unix environment are familiar with using the terminal to SSH into their Linux-based servers. When using a Mac to log into a Windows environment, or vice versa, the task is performed differently. Window machines use a different protocol, one aptly named RDP (Remote Desktop Protocol). For our tutorial, we’ll explore how to use your Mac to connect to a Windows server. Let’s get started!
- Also, your Mac must support the Remote Disc feature, but the good news is that all the recent models do. Proceed as follows: If the optical drive you’re sharing is on a Mac, open System Preferences, choose Sharing, and select the check box for DVD or CD Sharing.
- Download this app from Microsoft Store for Windows 10, Windows 8.1, Windows 10 Mobile, Windows Phone 8.1, Windows 10 Team (Surface Hub), HoloLens. See screenshots, read the latest customer reviews, and compare ratings for Microsoft Remote Desktop.
- Mac OS X El Capitan – Version 10.11.16 and above
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Step 1: Open Finder >> Applications >> App Store. We’ll be going to the App Store to download Microsoft Remote Desktop.
Step 2. Use the search bar to locate Microsoft’s Remote Desktop. Select Get >> Install App. After installed, click on the Microsoft Remote Desktop icon in your Applications folder.
Step 3: Launch the app by finding it in your ApplicationsOffice for mac versions. folder.
Step 4: For our connection select + New and fill out the information in the highlighted boxes for the Windows server.Connection Name: A nickname to identify this connection
PC Name: Window’s server IP address
User Name: Administrator
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It seems counter-intuitive but close the edit window to save the settings. Immediately, you’ll see the server show up in our My Desktops list.
Step 5: Click on the server name to connect to your Windows environment. If all the information was correctly entered you’ll see the Window’s environment with the familiar Windows desktop background.
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