Mac users work in their native Unix environment are familiar with using the terminal to SSH into their Linux based servers. When using a Mac to log into a Windows environment, or vice versa, the task is performed differently. Window machines use a different protocol, one aptly named RDP (Remote Desktop Protocol). For our tutorial, we’ll explore how to use your Mac to connect to a Windows server. Let’s get started!
- Mac OS X El Capitan – Version 10.11.16 and above
- Windows Server 2016 and it’s IP address
Step 1: Open Finder >> Applications >> App Store. We’ll be going to the App Store to download Microsoft Remote Desktop.
Step 2. Use the search bar to locate Microsoft’s Remote Desktop. Select Get >> Install App. After installed, click on the Microsoft Remote Desktop icon in your Applications folder.
Step 3: Launch the app by finding it in your Applications folder.
Step 4: For our connection select + New and fill out the information in the highlighted boxes for the Windows server.Connection Name: A nickname to identify this connection
PC Name: Window’s server IP address
User Name: Administrator
It seems counter-intuitive but close the edit window to save the settings. Immediately, you’ll see the server show up in your My Desktops list.
Step 5: Click on the server name to connect to your Windows environment. If all the information was correctly entered you’ll see the Window’s environment with the familiar Windows desktop background.