rdesktop is an open source software that enables you to connect and manage your remote Windows desktop from your Linux computer using RDP – Remote Desktop Protocol. In other words, while you are sitting in front of your Linux system at home or office, and access your Windows desktop as if you’re sitting in front of the Windows machine.
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In this article, we will explain how to install rdesktop in Linux system to access the remote desktop of Windows computer using the Hostname and IP Address.
To enable rdesktop to connect to any given Windows machine, you need to make few following changes on the Windows box itself.
- Enable RDP port no. 3389 in Firewall.
- Enable remote desktop under Windows Operating System.
- Require at least one user with a password.
Once you make all of the above Windows configuration settings, you can now move further to install rdesktop on your Linux system to access your Windows desktop.
Install rdesktop (Remote Desktop) in Linux
# yum install rdesktop [On CentOS/RHEL 7] # dnf install rdesktop [On CentOS/RHEL 8 and Fedora] # apt install rdesktop [On Debian/Ubuntu]
# wget https://github.com/rdesktop/rdesktop/releases/download/v1.8.6/rdesktop-1.8.6.tar.gz # tar xvzf rdesktop-1.8.6.tar.gz # cd rdesktop-1.8.6/ # ./configure --disable-credssp --disable-smartcard # make # make install
Connecting to Windows Desktop Using Hostname
To connect Windows host from Linux desktop type following command using -u parameter as username (narad) and (ft2) as the hostname of my Windows host. To resolve hostname make an entry at /etc/hosts file if you don’t have DNS Server in your environment.
# rdesktop -u narad ft2
Connecting to Windows Desktop Using IP Address
To connect Windows host from Linux machine, use username as (narad) and IP Address as (192.168.50.5) of my windows host, the command would be as.
# rdesktop -u narad 192.168.50.5
Please execute man rdesktop in command prompt If you would like to know more about it or visit rdesktop project website. Kindly share it and let us know your comments through our comment box below.