OpenVPN: Windows Firewall settings to allow access in RDP

Objective of this guide:

With a view to smart working, it will be necessary to enable the RDP service on Windows PCs to be able to reach them via VPN. This guide teaches how to open the firewall ports of our PC in case it is needed.

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Windows 10 / Windows 7 settings:

The Windows firewall allows access to RDP automatically when the service is activated.
If you experience problems with the firewall or run a check on the rule that allows the connection, follow the steps below.

Go to the control panel

Impostazioni Windows Firewall

If it is not set, set View by: Category as in the image.

Select System and Security.

Impostazioni Windows Firewall

Select Windows Defender Firewall

Impostazioni Windows Firewall

Select Advanced Settings from the menu on the left

Impostazioni Windows Firewall

Go to the Inbound connection rules section and check that the following entries are active and with access rule allowed:

  • Remote Desktop – User mode (TCP-In)
  • Remote Desktop – User Mode (UDP-In)
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