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How do I point a domain or subdomain to the IP of my Remote Desktop Server

Many people want to use a domain name instead of the IP address of their remote desktop terminal server to login via the Remote Desktop Connection Client (RDC) on their local machine.  A domain name is more professional and easier to remember.  For example, if you already own the domain and it points to your website then you can create an Alias/Sub-Domain such as that points to the IP address of the remote desktop terminal server and use to login via the RDC client instead of the IP address.

You create this record and point it to the IP of your RDP server in the DNS Manager settings where your domain is registered.  For example, at Go Daddy, you would do the following:

  1. Login to GoDaddy and click on the domain name you wish to create the record for
  2. Then go to the second tab which is labeled “DNS Zone File”
  3. Under the Zone File section, click on “add record”.
  4. Select record type “A (Host)”
    1. In the popup window, enter Host Field as “RDP” or whatever you are using but not the full subdomain which would be in this example “”
    2. In the popup window, enter the Points To field as the IP address of your server XXX.XXX.XXX.XXXX and TTL as 1 hour or whatever is default
    3. Click OK
  5. Make sure to SAVE RECORD.  In our experience, it only takes 5 or 10 minutes to take effect.  Once you can ping then you can login with the domain name instead of the IP address.
  6. Test it by logging into your server using instead of IP address