Windows laptop to remote Windows PC over SSH / RDP

Related: Linux to Windows PC over SSH / RDP


Assumes: Windows laptop connecting to a remote Windows PC with SSH server.

Remote PC IPRemote PC SSH portRemote PC RDP port
1.2.3.422 (open TCP firewall)3389 (blocked by remote PC firewall)

This is accomplished using the OpenSSH client built into Windows.

Setup

On the Windows laptop, create script file sshrdp.bat:

start /b ssh -L 3391:localhost:3389 irs4

@echo off
REM enough time to enter password
timeout /nobreak 10

mstsc /v:localhost:3391

Usage

Double clicking the Windows sshrdp.bat file automatically:

  1. makes the SSH connection (you’ll be prompted for SSH password, or use a public key file)
  2. makes the RDP connection over the SSH tunnel (where you will be prompted for the Windows password).

Notes

You can specify some Remote Desktop parameters on the MSTSC command line. There are many more options only available via saving an .RDP profile file.

You can create an .RDP file by saving a Remote Desktop Connection and then load that specific profile by:

mstsc "c:/MyPC.RDP" /v:localhost:3391
  • use Port 3391 for local forwarding because Windows uses Port 3390 for something else.