How to add an RDP application

Perimeter Zero

How to add an RDP Zero Trust Application

The following guide walks you through configuring an RDP connection to a remote Windows server. Make sure you are familiar with the server's authentication methods (username and password or RDP keys) and that you have a tunnel connecting your network and the environment that hosts the server before you begin.

1. Go to the Applications tab at the Perimeter 81 Platform. Select Add application.

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2. Fill in the following information:

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  • Application Name: Choose an indicative name of your own choice.
  • Protocol: RDP
  • Icon: Use default or choose an icon of your own choice.
  • Host: Enter the internal IP address of the server to which you'd like to connect.
  • Port: 3389
  • Network: Choose the network that contains the gateway from which you created a tunnel to the environment that hosts the server you'd like to connect to.
  • Max number of connections: The maximum number of concurrent RDP sessions.
  • Ignore server certificate: Yes, unless you activate an RDP over SSL.
  • Admin console: Connect directly to console session on Windows server.
  • Display Application Icon at Login Screen: Choose according to your own preference.
  • URL Alias (Optional): See further instructions here.

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  • Authentication:
    • If disabled, you'll need to insert your credentials as predefined on the server with every login; In case you are the machine you'd like to connect to is a Windows 10 desktop some additional steps are required:
      • Open the Control Panel. Ensure that the control panel is showing items by Category (i.e., not in Classic View). Click on System and Security and under System click on Allow remote access.
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      • Under the Remote group choose Allow remote connections to this computer (checkbox below must not be ticked). Select apply.
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      • Open the Registry Editor: In the search box on the taskbar, type regedit. Then, select the top result for Registry Editor.
      • Navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE -> SYSTEM -> CurrentControlSet -> Control -> Terminal Server -> WinStations -> RDP-Tcp
      • Set “SecurityLayer” value to 1.
      • Verify that “UserAuthentication” value is 0.
      • Reboot the machine. 
         
    • Username and Password: Enter one set of credentials as predefined on the server. You will not be required to enter any parameter with the login.
    • Domain: If applicable, enter your active directory FQDN.
  • Access Groups: State the names of the user group who'll have access to the RDP application.
  • Policy: Leave blank, or choose a policy that was previously created and matches your needs.

3. In order to connect to the application insert the application FQDN in the URL line of your browser or connect through the Perimeter 81 platform.

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