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Solved How to dial into a server

December 6, 2012 at 11:35:10
Specs: Windows 7

The servers are calibrated to allow this, however I'm not sure how to connect from my end.

I have an assignment where I have to dial into both a Windows server and an Ubuntu server to conduct some tasks (the actual process of dialing into the servers is not part of the assignment).

I've been given the username, password, IP address, and protocol for each server. However, I cannot figure out how to use these to "dial into" them.

I am running Windows 7 on a wireless connection. If someone can give me a step by step I would appreciate. Networking is not my strong point. Thank you.


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#1
December 6, 2012 at 12:01:50
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Well, back in the day when everyone used dialup you would "dial in" to a server. These days, modems and dialup are not much used any more. This smacks of incorrect usage of terminology to me.

To "dial in" one would need a modem and a terminal emulation program such as HyperTerminal (built into windows). You would need to know the phone number of the connection at the other end and you would enter that in the correct place in your terminal program and you'd connect.

I suspect what you're being asked to do is to remotely connect to a server over the internet. If this is the case then for connecting to a Windows based server you would use RDC (Remote Desktop Connection) and to remote into a Ubuntu server you would use ssh.

Now that you know what you'd use, the rest is up to you. Remember. Google is your friend

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How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate;
I am the captain of my soul.

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#2
December 6, 2012 at 12:34:26

Thanks for the quick response. Oddly enough, my Google searches were coming up null for this, but that may have been related to the "dial into" terminology. I'm finding a lot more pertaining to create a remote"/dial in" server than actually remotely connecting/"dialing in" to a server.

Your response is good and put me on the right track. However in RDC I am getting a cannot connect error when I try to connect (Am I correct in putting the provided IP in the "computer" field?).

Remote Desktop cannot connect for one of these reasons:
1) Remote access to the server is not enabled
2) The remote computer is turned off
3) The remote computer is not available on the network

It is specified RDP for the windows server and SSH for the Linux, however I see no prompt to change this in RDC.


****Note after troubleshooting this it seems in may be a problem on the server end and not mine.


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#3
December 6, 2012 at 13:40:39

Yes, you put the IP in the "computer" field.

RDC and SSH are two completely different pieces of software.

If you have a UNIX/Linux box go to a command line and do a man ssh for more info. If you don't have a UNIX/Linux box, you can install Putty on your Windows based PC and use that to connect using an SSH session.

When connecting to a remove server using RDC, if that server is behind a firewall, you won't be able to connect to it until you either:
1) Create a port forward redirecting RDC traffic on port 3389 to the LAN IP of the server
or
2) Create a firewall rule allowing that traffic to pass through.

Also, ensure the computer you're wishing to connect to has been setup to allow RDC connections.

It matters not how straight the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate;
I am the captain of my soul.

***William Henley***


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#4
December 6, 2012 at 15:07:07

It turned out to be my firewall that preventing access to the remote server. I ended up disabling it and was able to successfully connect. So once again, your assessment was spot on (I would have preferred creating a rule or redirecting RDC traffic instead of completely disabling the firewall, and will have to try that next time)

I will be saving the Linux portion until tomorrow. Thanks for the heads up about Putty, I'm sure that saved the future me some time and frustration!

Excellent help and advice all around.

Cheers!


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#5
December 6, 2012 at 15:18:16

My pleasure, and thanks for coming back and letting us know what worked. With luck, you'll help someone else in the future by having done so.

Now that you know it was the firwall blocking your RDC session, I would definitely figure out how to allow the connection without disabling the whole firewall.

It matters not how straight the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate;
I am the captain of my soul.

***William Henley***


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#6
December 6, 2012 at 15:18:16

My pleasure, and thanks for coming back and letting us know what worked. With luck, you'll help someone else in the future by having done so.

Now that you know it was the firwall blocking your RDC session, I would definitely figure out how to allow the connection without disabling the whole firewall.

It matters not how straight the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate;
I am the captain of my soul.

***William Henley***


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