This step-by-step guide will explain how to establish a connection to a Microsoft Windows server with Microsoft Remote Desktop via Luminate. This article focuses on using the Microsoft's native Remote Desktop/Terminal Services client application. For a simpler experience, please look at the article describing a Single-Click Connection to Remote Desktop Services with Luminate.
In this explanation we will make the following assumptions about our environment:
The Windows Server that we will be eventually connecting to is deployed in the data center (physical or virtual) and has an internal IP address of X.
We have a capability to run Docker Containers in the same network as X, either on the same machine, or on a different machine with IP routing/access to X.
The following steps need to be performed to configure connectivity to the Windows Server using Luminate:
- In the Luminate Administration Portal create a site that will represent the network hosting the Windows Server (More details about this step can be found in this article)
- In the site created in step #1, create a new Luminate connector
- Deploy the Luminate connector in the data center (More details about this step can be found in this article)
- If you have a Linux machine running an SSH server in the same network, it can be leveraged in the next steps. Otherwise, deploy a containerized version of OpenSSH server in the network
- In the Luminate Administration Portal define an SSH application representing the SSH server. (More details about this step can be found in this article)
The following steps need to be performed to connect to the Windows Server using Luminate:
- Connect to Luminate User Portal
- Click on the icon representing the SSH application created in step#5 of the configuration guide. Create an SSH tunnel from this application to the Windows Server (More details about this step can be found in this article)
- Launch an RDP Client and connect to the local port