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Configure a certificate for Microsoft RDP (Remote Desktops Protocol)

You received your certificate by email. Keep it within reach.

1- Retrieve your certificate on your server

Download the global file (.p7b) indicated in the delivery mail and save it on your desktop.

Warning: if you use the certificate in X509 format (.cer) you'll have to install next the intermediate and root certificates manually. It is faster to follow this new installation procedure.

2- Import / install the certificate on the RDP server

To do so, follow one of the procedures below:

3- Configure the Remote Desktops Protocol service
with the new certificate

  • Open the administrative tool:
    Click on Start > All Programs > Administrative Tools > Remote Desktops Services > Remote Desktop Session Host Configuration.   

  • Then on Action / Remote Desktop Session Host Configuration) 

  • In the dialog box, click on DP-Tcp / Properties 

  • In the window RDP-TCP properties, select the tab General
    then under "Certificate" click on the button "Select / Browse"
    Select the certificate you previously imported.

4- Run a test

Now test your secured website access with a windows machine. You may see an error message indicating the non-correspondence of the sites' names. It is normal, it is a local test.

In your Certificate center, on your certificate status page you'll see a "check your certificate" button. Click it to make sure your certificate has correctly been installed.

To test the RDP protocol click on the link "Advanced settings"
and select port number port 3389

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