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I have a server hosted behind a bunch of firewalls, and it is accessible to me only on ports 80 and 443.

The hosting company is pretty sluggish wrt support, so I would like a way to get a remote desktop to the computer.

Is it possible to install a webapp or something that would allow me to get a remote desktop via the ssl port for instance?

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On the machine to connect to:

  1. Start Registry Editor.
  2. Locate and then click the following registry subkey:


  3. On the Edit menu, click Modify, and then click Decimal.

  4. Type the new port number (443), and then click OK.
  5. Quit Registry Editor.

On the machine to connect from:

  1. Start Remote Desktop Client.
  2. Enter IP address or hostname of the target machine and append with ':443', e.g.
  3. Continue login like usual.


Or you can set up Remote Desktop web app by following instructions at

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MS Directions for XP or Configuring XP WebApp, Terminal Server, TS Web App; and Petri directions for the Client.

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