Most days, I wear a developer hat. However, being a small business consultant, I often have to throw on that IT hat and get down and dirty with hardware and operating systems.

This week, I’ve had to do just that for the worst client –myself. I came up with the wonderful idea to switch my server with one of my desktops. Since I’ve outsourced my Exchange accounts to 1&1, I don’t have the need for such a powerful server sitting around and doing file serving. Thus began about 2 days of work — with no one paying me for it. 🙂

Anyway, let’s get down to the topic at hand. So I run Remote Desktop onmy server, as it’s handy to connect into remotely and have all of my tools to help troubleshoot clients. I can even RDP in from my Dell Axim running Windows Mobile, meaning I can truly have my tools in my pocket at all times.

Again, I digress. I needed to also be able to RDP into my desktop remotely, but the problem was that both computers wanted to use port 3389 for the RDP protocol. Solution: Change the port on one of the computers. This wasn’t particularly difficult information to dig up, but I like to keep things like this in my blog, for mainly selfish reasons.

To change the port that Remote Desktop listens on:

  • Start Registry Editor (Regedt32.exe).
    Locate the following key in the registry:
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\System\CurrentControlSet\Control\TerminalServer\WinStations\RDP-Tcp\PortNumber
  • On the Edit menu, click Modify, click Decimal, type the new port number, and then click OK.
  • Quit Registry Editor.