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There is a remote Windows server on a private network which I can connect to via Remote Desktop Connection. I would like to be able to make TCP/IP connections from my computer to other computers on that server's network.

Remote Desktop Connection makes it possible to share printers, drives, and other local resources through the connection. Is there any way to "tunnel" a TCP/IP connection via RDC?

I'd like something similar to the port-forwarding provided by SSH. I don't see any way to do this via RDC, but I'm hoping the capability is there and I just don't know about it.

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I dont think you can tunnel over RDP, however if you were to rdp to the server and then initiate a ssh tunnel back to your client your machines would be connected by ssh. You can forward both remote and local ports so you could do it so that it was all in reverse


If you install a ssh server on your client pc and set it to accept ssh connections on port 443 then you can connect to the ssh server (your client) from your server (using ssh client connection) and you wont need to open any ports (443 should be open for https)

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Yeah, looks like I'll need to install an SSH server. Unfortunately, that will require action from MIS to open the port in the firewall, so it may take a few days/weeks. –  Kristopher Johnson Apr 13 '10 at 18:49
My client PC is behind a few layers of firewalls. Don't know if I can connect from the server back to the client. (The world was so much easier when all ports were open.) –  Kristopher Johnson Apr 13 '10 at 19:38

If you are running rdesktop on the client-side (instead of the native Windows client), you can use rdp2tcp.
It allows you to manage TCP ports forwarding through a RDP connection.

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