Step-by-Step: Installing Remote Desktop (Web) Host
December 21, 2003

This guide assumes that you have already read and understand what Remote Desktop is all about.  If you haven't looked at it yet, please read: Remote Desktop Overview

You must also have already performed this step: Installing Remote Desktop (Standard) Host

This guide assumes that you have not installed IIS 5.1 yet.  If are already running IIS 5.1, the procedure is pretty much the same.

Start --> Settings --> Control Panel --> Add or Remove Programs --> Add/Remove Windows Components


Highlight "Internet Information Services (IIS)" and click "Details".



Highlight "World Wide Web Service" and click "Details".



Check the box labeled "Remote Desktop Web Connection".  The box for "World Wide Web Service" will automatically check itself because it is required to run the Remote Desktop Web Host.  Click "OK".


As you can see here, other required parts of IIS are automatically selected as well.


If you are just using Remote Desktop Web Connection, then you don't need to install the FTP or SMTP server.  However, it's probably a good idea to install the documentation so check that box as well.

Click "OK".  This will take you back to the "Window Components" page.  Click "Next".


You'll be asked to insert the Windows XP CD-ROM.  Dig up the CD, pop it in and click "OK"


You'll see more installation notices.


Installation is now done.  Click "Finish".


By default, Remote Desktop Web Connection uses port 80 for the Web interface.  If you are running websites from this connection and need port 80 open, that's fine.  However, if you are using IIS just for Remote Desktop Web Connection, it is a good idea to change the port number that IIS is listening to for security purposes. 

Here's how to do that:

Start --> Settings --> Control Panel --> Administrative Tools --> Internet Information Services.


Click down to "Default Web Site".  Right click on it and select "Properties".



At "TCP Port" change the value from 80 to something of your choosing.  I'll be adventurous here and pick port 81.  After you change the number, click "OK".

Make sure to open up the corresponding port on your router, in addition to port 3389 which is required by Remote Desktop (Standard and Web).


You'll see a message telling you that IIS needs to be restarted.  Click "Yes".


You'll see this message saying the IIS will restart in 30 seconds or so.  You can just click "End Now".


There you go.  Remote Desktop Web Connection Host is now setup.

Next step is: Using Remote Desktop (Web) Client

Installing Remote Desktop (Standard) Host

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