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We are currently planning to enable RDP-sessions from outside of our office. Most websites do "strongly recommend" using an RDP-gateway that will forward the traffic to the actual RDP-server.

But I did not find anything about the benefits an RDP-gateway offers.

Normally, we would just forward the RDP-port to the RDP-server.

What security-advantages does an RDP-gateway offer? I don't see any:

  • The RDP-connections are encrypted already without using the gateway.
  • I can use 2-factor-authentication on the RDP-server directly as well.
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  • For one you don't have to expose every machine that should be accessible but rather a single machine. So you can run tighter security rules for it. – Seth Mar 3 '20 at 9:44

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