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What are RDP advantages?

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edited July 1 in General Talks
Want to increase the encryption level of your online connections? Wish to improve your Windows Server’s security? Remote Desktop Gateway (RDP gateway) is a good solution for you. In this article, you’ll learn about Remote Desktop Gateway and its features and advantages. Moreover, you can learn how to configure an RD gateway server.

RDG stands for Remote Desktop Gateway. RD Gateway, or RDG, is part of Microsoft’s Remote Desktop Services or RDS. Using RD Gateway, you can connect securely to a server that can help you connect to resources on a corporate network from any external remote computer. In this method, both SSL and RDP (remote desktop) protocols are leveraged to increase the security and the encryption level of connections between you and the remote network. In fact, RD Gateway is a windows server role that uses the SSL (Server Socket Layer) over the RDP server.

Why is RDGateway more secure than public RDP?

The main benefit of this method is that you don’t need to use a VPN. Using the SSL channel, RD Gateway can tunnel directly to the remote server to increase the security of RDS. This security is achieved via encapsulating the session in the Transport Layer Security (TLS).
You can even combine RDGateway with RD Web Access to let users connect to your Published Remote apps using Internet Explorer (IE) via a Web Proxy. This is also available on iOS and Android systems.

What is RDP (Remote Desktop Protocol)?

RDP is a protocol developed by Microsoft for connecting two parties, remotely. Since Remote Desktop Protocol has some vulnerabilities to brute force attacks, Microsoft provided a solution for RDP-related security and introduced RD Gateway (RDG) in Windows Home Server and Windows Server 2008 by using an RDP endpoint server behind a firewall.

Moreover, this technology offers other security features such as Multi‑Factor Authentication (MFA) and RDP traffic encryption by using TLS (Transport Layer Security) protocol. But for cyber security challenges, there is no complete solution. RDG does not mitigate all the security and encryption issues. It just helps with some issues.

4 Advantages of Remote Desktop Gateway

Here are some advantages of RDP Gateway:

No VPN Required. There is no need to establish and use any Virtual Private Network (VPN) or Proxy connection. RD Gateway will establish secure connections over RDP to a corporate network or computer.

Enhanced Security. RDGateway uses SSL encryption, which enables remote users to connect to internal network resources hosted behind firewalls in private networks and NATs (Network Address Translators).

No Third-Party Sites. There are many remote-access solutions available, but most of them require your connection to pass through a third-party website or service. Providing a Point-to-Point RDP connection, RDG allows remote users to connect directly to internal network resources.

RDG is Part of Windows Server. Remote Desktop Gateway is a native Windows Server service, and part of Remote Desktop Services (RDS). This means it will run natively and smoothly, and is safer to use.


RD Gateway is a Remote Desktop Gateway Server that allows users to connect to another network from any external computer. This service uses both SSL and RDP protocols to improve security, encryption, and authentication on remote connections. In this method, a gateway is established over RDP, and communications are made via the RD Gateway.
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  • The Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) is a protocol developed by Microsoft to manage the input and output between a client and a server. When an employee makes a remote connection to the server, the RDP receives the user's input (i.e., mouse clicks and key strokes) and returns the output from the server (i.e., opened files and typed words) to the user's computer. The computer must have the RDP client or the ActiveX control installed before the user can make the remote connection through the RDS.

    Utilizing the Remote Desktop Protocol provides users with the following features:

    Encryption - uses RC4 cipher that is designed to protect data transmitted over a network.

    Bandwidth reduction - implements various methods to reduce the amount of data that is sent across the network. Some of these methods include data compression, persistent bitmap caching, and caching of glyphs and fragments in RAM.

    Clipboard support - allows users to copy and paste text between the client and the server and between different sessions.

    Print support - allows users to print documents running in their remote session to a local printer.
    Shared control - allows multiple users to view and control a remote desktop session. This feature is especially useful when collaborating with a colleague or when troubleshooting a problem with the Help Desk.

    Authentication - provides users with the ability to authenticate with a smart card.
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  • Advantages
    - It works great
    - Relatively light weight
    - You can pass through most hardware from the local machine to the remote one, allowing you to copy files between, and use local USB devices.
    - You can share clipboards with the remote machine so that you can copy and paste text and even documents between the two.
    - You can drag-drop from local to remote
    - You can secure clients in such a way that they CAN'T share stuff like the previous 3 points that for security reasons.
    - Fully encrypted using AES, with a configureable key-length.
    - Authenticates the machine before securing the connection and authenticating, so if you have PKI going you can be assured the machine you're connecting to is the machine you're trying to connect to.
    - Very configurable, security wise. You can allow persistent sessions or disable them, you can have time outs, or you can let them stay logged in for hours.
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