Remote Server Access

MIP administration management access uses the same web based user interface as other users. As an administrator (with admin privileges) you have access to system level configuration features that provide the ability to add and delete user accounts.

From time to time, direct access to the Windows server may be required. If the particular server is not equipped with local user access capabilities, the built in Microsoft RDP remote desktop features is handy. There are several precautions to keep in mind when using MS remote desktop to prevent interfering with MIP audio and video processing.

Server Side Microsoft RDP

Each server that requires remote access will first need to have the feature enabled. Then select which accounts are able to remotely access the computer. The Windows administrator account is automatically granted access when remote desktop is set up.

Figure: Sever Side Remote Desktop

Figure: Sever Side Remote Desktop

RDP Client

Configure your settings by the following steps when you are using a Remote Desktop Connection (MSTSC- Microsoft Terminal Services Client).

  1. From the Start menu find <Remote Desktop Connection>.

  2. Open Remote Desktop Connection.

  3. Click on the <Local Resources> Tab.

    • Note: If you are setting up remote access from Windows XP (no longer supported by Microsoft) change the “Remote computer sound” setting to “Leave at remote computer,” as this is required to ensure that the system remains working correctly.

    • If you are setting up remote access from Windows 7 or later use the defaults for Remote Audio.

  4. Uncheck “Printers” under Local devices and resources. Otherwise, the system will generate errors while trying to find and install printer drivers that do not exist on the server.

  5. Optionally, select the clipboard to enable file copy operations between the server and the Client PC. To save your changes, go to the General tab and press <Save>.

Figure: Windows 7 Remote Desktop Local Resources

Figure: Windows 7 Remote Desktop Local Resources


  1. Open Remote Desktop Connection.

    Figure: Remote Desktop Login

    Figure: Remote Desktop Login

  2. Enter the URL or IP address of the server.

  3. Enter your User name.

  4. If you check “Allow me to save credentials” Windows will save your log in information. Do this only on a secure PC you control.

  5. Press: <Connect>.

If Windows is able to successfully connect to the remote machine you will be prompted for a password, unless you have saved your credentials. If you enter incorrect credentials, you will be prompted to enter them again.

Note: Only one person can be logged in at a time. A successful login will terminate an existing session.

If your computer is unable to connect to the remote server it throws this error message.

Figure: Remote Desktop Unable to Connect to Remote Server

Figure: Remote Desktop Unable to Connect to Remote Server

Terminate Remote Session

Closing the window in Windows 7 and later will automatically terminate the session. If you are still using Windows XP (no longer supported by Microsoft), you need to explicitly terminate the session, not just close the window. Just closing the window will leave you logged in.