Windows laptop to remote Windows PC over SSH / RDP

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Assume a remote Windows PC with SSH Cygwin Windows server.

Remote PC IP Remote PC SSH port Remote PC RDP port
1.2.3.4 22 (open TCP firewall) 3389 (blocked by remote PC firewall)
  1. Cygwin: create script file ~/myrdp.sh:
    #!/bin/sh
    
    ssh -f -p 22 -L 3391:localhost:3389 [email protected] sleep 2;
    
    mstsc /v:localhost:3391
    

    then in Cygwin Terminal:

    chmod +x ~/myrdp.sh
    
  2. Windows command prompt: create a desktop shortcut to:
    C:/cygwin64/bin/mintty.exe -e /bin/sh -l -c '$HOME/myrdp.sh'
    

Use RDP over SSH tunnel

Double clicking that Windows shortcut automatically:

  1. launches Cygwin
  2. makes the SSH connection (you’ll be prompted for SSH password, or use a public key file)
  3. 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.

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