How to secure Microsoft Windows Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) with a VPN

RDP brute force attacks are common and unless RDP is secured, you run the risk of having your Windows Server compromised due to unauthorized access or denial of service.

Absolute Hosting recommends disabling RDP access to unknown and untrusted IP's and using our free VPN Service to lock down access to RDP Services on your VPS Server.

This guide will walk you through the steps required to allow access from the Absolute Hosting VPN IP.

 

Order a free VPN account from our store, and wait for the order to be manually approved and the login credentials sent through to you.

Once activated, you will be able to download the OpenVPN client and config files required to connect (refer to the service activation email for instructions specific to the VPN setup).

Whilst logged into your client service area, browse to Services and click on the Active button to the right of your VPS to manage the service

Absolute Hosting VPS Servers

On the Manage Product page, scroll to Additional Tools and click the Firewall icon

Absolute Hosting VPS Servers Firewall

Click the Add button to create a new firewall rule to allow RDP

Absolute Hosting VPS Servers Firewall Rules

On the Add Firewall Rule pop up window, add the following rule :

Click the Enable toggle

Source : 197.81.192.67

Macro : Microsoft Remote Desktop Protocol Traffic

Comment : Allow RDP from Absolute Hosting VPN Service

Click Add

Absolute Hosting VPS Servers Firewall Rules

Lastly, disable any firewall rules that allow RDP traffic to your server as per the example below

Absolute Hosting VPS Servers Firewall Rules

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