How to securely connect to your Cloud A VM instance directly with Remote Desktop

Because we are so concerned about security here at Cloud A, we use the policy that everything is locked down by default. If you have some network knowledge you will likely understand and appreciate this approach. If this stuff is new to you don’t sweat it, with Cloud A it’s simple and we will walk you through the two steps needed to access your VM securely.

OK, so Remote Desktop Connection is great technology native to Windows that you can use with Windows, Mac, or Chrome to connect directly to other Windows computers (learn more this here). For this connection to work we need to enable port 3389 on your Cloud A network instance. Don’t worry if you don’t know anything about ports, this is as technical as this will get 🙂

Step One: Open Port 3389

To do this you need to go to the “Manage Compute” Menu and select  –> “Access & Security”. You should see something like this, click the “edit Rules” button:

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You will see something like this, Now click the “Add Rule” button:

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In the field labeled “port” enter the number 3389 (the other fields should be populated by default, then click on the “Add” button at the bottom:

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Step Two: Make sure that your Cloud A VM has a public IP associated with it –> INSTRUCTIONS HERE

Step Three: Connect directly with Remote Desktop

Now you have everything you need to securely connect to your instance via your Remote Desktop Connection. Fire it up and enter the IP address, username & password (you can leave the domain filed blank) like so:

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When you click “Connect” enter the your username & password like so:

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You can ignore this message, click connect”:

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And voila! you are now directly connected to your Cloud A VM instance via Remote Desktop, have fun!

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