Connect to Your Windows Cloud Server


Now that you’ve spun up your first SpinUp Cloud Server, you might be wondering how to connect to it. This article explains, in the simplest terms possible, how to connect to your Windows® Cloud Server. And don’t worry about whether you’re using Linux®, MacOS®, or Microsoft® Windows at home—we’ll talk about the methods to use for each of those operating systems (OS) to connect to a Windows Cloud Server.

Overview and terminology

Before we begin, let’s talk about the basics. When connecting to your Cloud Server, no matter the OS, you need the following basic components: a username, an IP address, and a password. If this is your first time connecting to a Cloud Server, the user is likely Administrator, for Windows. We’ll reference your user, IP address, and password throughout the article, so keep this information handy.

Connecting to a Windows Cloud Server from a Linux workstation requires the use of a 3rd party application.

This section focuses on the popular Linux RDP client, Remmina. Download Remmina here or through your distributions package manager.

  1. Open Remmina

  2. After the application is open, you should see an input field beside a drop-down button. Ensure that this button says RDP, enter your Cloud Server’s IP address in the input field, and hit Enter.

  3. Enter your username and password when prompted. Your username is usually Administrator.

Password

This password is unique to your Cloud Server and is not the password that you use to log in to your SpinUp Control Panel.

If this is your first time connecting, you might be asked to confirm that you trust the Cloud Server. Click Yes here.

At this point, you should now be connected to your Windows Cloud Server!

Connecting to a Windows Cloud Server from MacOS is easy with the use of the official Microsoft Remote Desktop client. You’ll need to open the Apple App Store and search for and install this app, as it does not come pre-installed.

  1. Open the Microsoft Remote Desktop application.

  2. Click the + sign at the upper left of the application and choose Desktop.

  3. Fill in the appropriate values. For PC name, use your SpinUp Cloud Server’s IP address.

  4. Press Add at the bottom right of that window. Your Cloud Server now shows up in the list as a Saved Desktop.

  5. Double-click it to connect to your Cloud Server.

If this is your first time connecting, you might be asked to confirm that you trust the Cloud Server.

At this point, you should now be connected to your Windows Cloud Server!

Connecting to a Windows Cloud Server from a Windows workstation is easy with the use of the Remote Desktop Connection application. This application is typically pre-installed on all Windows releases.

  1. Open the Remote Desktop Connection application.

  2. At the bottom-right corner of this window, click Show Options.

  3. Add your Cloud Server’s IP address or hostname in the Computer field, and enter your username (usually Administrator) in the User name field.

  4. Click Connect.

  5. When prompted in a pop-up window, enter your password.

Password

This password is unique to your Cloud Server and is not the password that you use to log in to your SpinUp Control Panel.

If this is your first time connecting, you might be asked to confirm that you trust the Cloud Server. Click Yes here.

At this point, you should now be connected to your Windows Cloud Server!

Next steps

Take some time to review some Best Practices for securing your Cloud Server.


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