Setup Remote Desktop between two Windows 10 laptops

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I usually work from home so I have two laptops. Both of these are running Windows 10 and connected to my Wi-Fi. I need to setup a remote desktop so I can access one laptop from the other (and vice versa). Also have to setup shared folders too.

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  • Kevin Beaver
    Great idea to setup RDP between the systems. I *think* Windows 10 Pro and above is a required for Windows remote desktop connections.

    To enable Remote Desktop in Windows 10, you simply click the start menu and enter 'Select users who can use remote desktop'. In the Remote Desktop section, select the radio button for Allow remote connections to this computer. Then click the Select Users box. The current user account should already have access. If you want to add or allow other accounts, simply click Add and then type in the specific account name or just enter in 'authenticated users'. Click OK all the way back out and you should be good to go.

    For sharing, enter 'Managed advanced sharing settings' into the Windows 10 start menu and then make sure that Turn on network discovery and Turn on file and printer sharing are enabled for your current network profile. Save those changes and then go out and right-click on whatever folder you want to share and select Share with/Advanced sharing. Click on Advanced Sharing, make sure Share this folder is enabled, provide a name for the share, and then click Permissions. Similar to the remote desktop user selection, you'll enter in specific usernames or, if you prefer, 'authenticated users'

    One thing you have to be real careful with when sharing drives and folders is that you make sure that it's done properly and it's documented and managed properly moving forward. One of the greatest vulnerabilities I see on most networks is improperly configured (and forgotten) network shares as I wrote about here:
    http://searchenterprisedesktop.techtarget.com/tip/Free-tools-help-uncover-PII-security-risks

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