Connect To Windows 8 From Ubuntu Via Remote Desktop

While the average user won’t ever used Remote Desktop in Windows 8, it is a very important tool to have especially if you have two machines and want to manage them from a single location. Remote Desktop is commonly used in a work environment where users are sometimes in different locations, and managing systems that are in separate areas remotely is one of the reasons this tool was developed by Microsoft.

Remote Desktop has been part of Windows for a very long time. It is included in all versions of Windows beginning with Windows XP but is disabled by default.

This brief tutorial is going to show you how to allow Ubuntu machines to connect to Windows 8 using Remote Desktop Protocol.

To make this happen, the first thing you must do is to enable Remote Desktop connections in Windows 8 since it’s disabled by default. To learn how to enable RDP in Windows 8, please read this blog post. In it, we showed how to do it easily.

When it is enabled, logon to Ubuntu and open Dash, then search for “Remmina Remote Desktop Client”




Next, type the server/machine name ( IP address ), and/or your username and password. You can also select other options like Resolution, color depth and share folder. When done, click ‘Connect’




If the connection is successful, you’ll be able to sign onto Windows.





4 thoughts on “Connect To Windows 8 From Ubuntu Via Remote Desktop”

  1. Both guides doesn’t work.
    I even completely disabled firewall on the Windows 8.1 machine and then using Remmina always fails to connect (I’m using the user and password for the Windows local user). It seems you need to do something more to accomplish successful RDP connection.

  2. @jst: you’ll need Windows 8 Pro (Win8 “Home” doesn’t include RDP.)

    Then you enable RDP through the System Properties. And as you noted, your open your firewall to the service.

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