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How to Configure Remote Desktop to Transfer Files

Posted on by Ronald Caldwell | Updated:
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Transferring small files to your new Windows Server can be a hassle when first setting everything up. Plesk, file transfer protocol (FTP), or network file sharing might not be ready to use, or your Internet service provider (ISP) may block those web ports.

One solution is using the Remote Desktop Connection program to transfer files. This five-step tutorial will teach you how to install and configure Remote Desktop on your Windows PC and use it for your file transfers.

What is Remote Desktop Protocol?

Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) is Microsoft’s proprietary protocol that provides a graphical interface for connecting to other servers or computers over a network connection. In addition, it gives the ability to redirect one server or workstation's hard drive, making it appear once logged into another server or workstation.

The Remote Desktop Connection program comes with all Windows operating systems. It uses the remote desktop protocol to transfer files.

Opening Remote Desktop Connection

To access Remote Desktop Connection, click the Start button and search for Remote Desktop Connection. Along with the name, you see an icon of a computer monitor with green arrows.

Configuring Remote Desktop

Follow these steps to configure the application to redirect your local workstation’s C: drive.

Step 1:

Click Show Options to open the tabbed view.

Input your server’s IP address in the Computer field.

Step 2:

Select the Local Resources tab.

Step 3:

Select the More button under Local devices and resources.

Step 4:

Expand the Drives section and click the checkbox next to Local Disk (C:) or all drive arrays that apply to your setup.

Click OK to return to the tabbed view.

Step 5:

Click Connect.

Before clicking Connect, you can select the General tab and click Save under Connection settings to save this configuration as an RDP file. This section is also where you open previously saved connections.

Accessing Your Files

Once connected to the server, follow the steps below to access the files.

1. Log into the server whose IP address is in RDP.

2. Open File Explorer.

3. Select This PC or Computer on the left.

4. Double-click C on WINDOWS10.

The name WINDOWS10 will be the name of your local workstation.

Wrapping Up

You can now see all the files on your local workstation and use a remote desktop to transfer files. However, there is a file size limitation of 2 GB when you move files over RDP. Additionally, transfer speeds may be a little slower.

Use the Plesk control panel to set up FTP for transferring large files. It also has a built-in file manager. For additional details, view the Plesk add-ons and the Plesk customer guide.

Set up your Windows dedicated server with Liquid Web to set up Remote Desktop Connections to transfer files today.

About the Author: Ronald Caldwell

Ron is a Technical Writer at Liquid Web working with the Marketing team. He has 9+ years of experience in Technology. He obtained an Associate of Science in Computer Science from Prairie State College in 2015. He is happily married to his high school sweetheart and lives in Michigan with her and their children.

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