If someone told you that you would own a website later in life, you would have probably taken computer science more seriously in elementary school. Well, you didn't, and now you're here; stuck, trying to figure out the jargon called Remote Desktop Access and how it works. Worse still, you may not even know so much about the Windows Virtual Private Server.

Types of Web Hosting

To start with, there are different forms of Web hosting, and Windows Virtual Private Server is only one of them. It is important to establish that every web hosting provider offers storage on its server. This storage is used to store webpages plugins, codes, and other files belonging to websites, such that they are available as demanded by search engines on the world wide web. The difference in each web hosting option however lies in the size of each storage, private exclusive use, and discretionary powers on the operating system and configuration settings. Here are some web hosting options.

Shared Hosting

Shared hosting is the cheapest web hosting service available. Its distinguishing factor lies in its mode of operation. On shared hosting, all users have equal uniform access to the server. Apart from being a public server, it can also be described as a managed server. This is because the users have little or no say on the configuration settings of the server. Even if they did, it would be impossible to meet every user's preference, in terms of configuration and operating system. Thus, the operating system and configuration of such servers are determined by the host providers themselves. Considering the mode of operation of this kind of hosting, it is advisable that only websites with few online visitors use it. This is because there is some sort of interconnection between sites on the server. Since they all use the same hardware and they also share resources, whatever affects one affects all. It is therefore not advisable to place a site with medium or high traffic on a shared hosting server.

Windows Virtual Private Server Hosting

Windows Virtual Private Server hosting is a basic step up from shared hosting. Just like shared hosting, the Windows Virtual Private Server hosting provides the same hardware server to several users. It however differs from shared hosting, in that resources are limited to each user. Each user has the liberty to set up their software and maintain it as they please, without little or no intervention from the host providers. Beyond this discretionary power, each user's storage is also totally distinct, such that whatever software challenges a user faces hardly affects the others. Suffice to say that Windows Virtual Private Server runs a shared hosting service by hardware and dedicated hosting service by software.

Just like its services, the Windows Virtual Private Server costs more than shared hosting, but less than dedicated hosting. The prices may also rise or fall, depending on the user's decision to go with either managed VPS or unmanaged.

WordPress Hosting

This particular hosting is created with WordPress websites and blogs in mind. Its features, settings, and operations make it easy to manage for bloggers and WordPress web owners. Its suitability with WordPress sites is so keen that sites that do not necessarily take the WordPress format could encounter difficulties while operating on it. However, WordPress sites can be hosted on other options like Windows Virtual Private Server hosting or cloud hosting, provided that they can maintain the configurations, plugins, operating systems, and templates needed for the smooth running of the WordPress site.

Dedicated server;

This form of hosting is the most expensive of all single-server plans. It operates by handing over the use and control of a physical server to only one user. This user is also at liberty to fine-tune the settings of the server to fit the needs of the website it services. If it pleases the user, he could also run a managed hosting such that the hosting provider gains control over the operation of the server. The hosting provider also takes charge of hardware and software security as well as updates from time to time. This control is mostly subject to the requests of the user. It also comes at a more expensive cost.

Cloud Hosting

Simply put,cloud hosting operates by storing a user's files and resources on a number of physical servers. The aim of this is to provide some sort of backup for speed and availability. With Cloud hosting, chances that load time will be slow, or uptime will be low are quite slim. This is because when one server is slow or unavailable for some reason? Online visitors can easily be redirected to other servers that are available and speedy. Cloud hosting might be the most expensive option of all hosting services, depending on the kind of plan the user opts for. A user who chooses to run a virtual Private server setting on all servers will find cheaper plans than one who subscribes to some dedicated servers. Managed or unmanaged plans also affect the budget for cloud hosting, as the case may be.

Remote desktop Access

Remote Desktop Access is a feature created by Windows. It is created to give you the ability to connect to your Virtual Machine or Virtual Private Server and control it from wherever you are as a server-user. Needless to say, this feature is not necessarily available for users of Shared hosting. This is because they have no control over their servers or their resources. This option, therefore, works for cloud hosting, VPS hosting, WordPress hosting, and Dedicated hosting.

Think of Remote Desktop Access like your AirPods. They are not necessarily connected to your phone, but you can listen to music, pause, play, or even receive calls using the AirPods. All you need to do is connect through BlueTooth, and you can get certain things done with just your AirPods, yet they'll be as effective as if you did them with your phone.

Using an internet connection, the Remotes Desktop Access also enables you to control your virtual server as though it was right there. It operates such that the remote desktop protocol (RDP) transfers every activity or command carried out with your keyboard and mouse to your virtual server which processes it in split seconds such that you can hardly notice the distance or difference between your virtual server and your computer.

The Remote Desktop Access is suitable for users who run unmanaged virtual servers. This helps them to monitor the operation of their servers and maintain it effectively. Since this feature was created by Windows, it might not function on Linux Server hosting. Even in windows, the Remote Desktop Access is supported by only some operating systems. They are:

  • Microsoft Windows 2000 Clients and Servers
  • Microsoft Windows XP Professional
  • Microsoft Windows 2003 Server
  • Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate and Business Editions
  • Microsoft Windows 2008 Server
  • Microsoft Windows 7 and later
  • Linux with the RDesktop application installed
  • Mac OS X with a Remote Desktop client:
  • (Mac OS X versions 10.9 and later: Microsoft Remote Desktop)
  • (Mac OS X versions 10.5-10.8 only: Open Source CoRD Client)
  • (Mac OS X versions before 10.7: Microsoft Remote Desktop Connection Client for Mac)

Just like every other thing, it takes a few processes to set the Remote Desktop Access up.

Step 1

On the lower left side of your computer screen, you'll find a Windows icon, click on it.

Step 2

Check your screen for the all programs menu, most likely at the bottom of your screen, and click on it.

Step 3

After clicking on the all programs menu, the screen displays some options, click on the accessories option.

Step 4

The accessories option then displays another set of options. Check through and click the Remote Desktop Connection program.

Step 5

After clicking on the Remote Desktop Connection program, a new page opens. This page is labeled as Remote Desktop Connection. It holds two fields. the first one has "Computer" with a space to be filled in front of it. The other holds "user" with "none specified" in front of it.

Below these two fields are a notification that you will be asked for credentials when you connect. The bottom of this page then holds 4 options; connect, cancel, help, and options.

In the empty field, (the one in front of"computer") enter your IP address and click "connect" in one of the options at the bottom part of the screen.

Step 6

On the next page that comes up, you'll be required to type in your username. Type in "Administrator" as your username.

Step 7

Type inyourpassword

With these steps, you are logged in to your Virtual Private Server hosting. You will only be logged out if the credentials don't match or if you log out yourself.

You can connect with a much simpler method on your Windows computer. Simply follow these steps.

  • At the lower left side of your computer screen, you'll find a Windows icon, click on it.
  • Click "Run" among the options
  • On the next page, type “mstsc” and press the Enter key.
  • This brings you to the Remote Desktop connection panel as described above. Follow the instructions as stated in step 5 above.

Remote Desktop Access for Linux Computer

In case your computer is Linux, then you have to install the RDesktop app to run this feature on your PConce that is done, follow these steps.

  • Go to the command prompt search for‘rdesktop‘ to confirm that you have installed the app.
  • In the command prompt, type‘rdesktop‘ and the IP address of your server. What you've typed should look like this. "$ rdesktop"
  • Once your address is in,press theEnter key

The last process should direct you to the Remote Desktop connection panel as described above. Follow the instructions as stated in step 5 above.

Setting upRemote Desktop on Mac OS X

Microsoft Remote Desktop is supported by Mac OS X version 10.9 and versions after it. Since it is not windows you'll have to download this feature from theMac App Store.

Use the "new" button or press Command and N. This takes you to a new page with different fields. Fill the following as such.

PC name: enteryour server’s IP address

Username: type“Administrator”.

Password: Enter the Administrator password.

Adjust your full-screen and multi-monitor settings to suit you.

Close this page.

Go to My Desktops and pick your remote desktop connection. Click the start option in the menu or press the return key to connect.

In case your server runs a self-signed SSL certificate, an information pops up whileRemote Desktop matches credentials. You can either click Continue to continue connecting or store the certificate Permanently and gain direct connection subsequently. Simply click on "show certificate" and then tick the box after "always trust" then click on continue to keep connecting.

While a Remote Desktop Server is good, it may not Suffice for virtual servers that are unreliable. The most important factor is hosting your website on virtual servers that are reliable in terms of speed and availability.You should also look at how secure the server is. It's uptime, processor quality, security measures, Input/Output speed, and other factors that directly affect the hardware. VPS server is an epitome of reliability when it comes to Windows Virtual Private Server hosting. In terms of hardware, it's servers check all the required boxes and more. The product offers a 99.99 percent uptime with E5 Intel Processors. Its security coversDDOS along with viruses and malware. For input-output storage, the servers use NVMe SSD which is better than the typical SSD, all on meager amounts.

Finally, it is important to note that Remote Desktop Access is only a reflection of what is in your virtual server. Make sure to get reliable Virtual Servers, because what you wee us what you get.

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