To open a Remote Desktop Connection using RDP on a running Windows server instance in the cloud.
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In the cloud, you still have root level access to the actual running instance. An SSH key is used to create a new user session.
If you launched the server using a ServerTemplate, a user's unique managed SSH key is used for authentication purposes (v5 RightImages and above). If you are using a non-RightImage or v4 RightImage and earlier, the cloud's SSH Key will be used. A security component used by some cloud providers to secure client connections to servers in the cloud over SSH or Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP).
The Initial Admin Password is generated at boot time and is overridden by the WINDOWS_ADMIN_PASSWORD input to add an additional, manageable layer of security. The input that overrides this value -- it is recommended that this value should be created as a credential for security purpose -- will be used to RDP into the server. If this input doesn't meet Microsoft's password security standards (must contain at least three of the four categories: uppercase letters, lowercase letters, base 10 digits, and/or a non-alphanumeric character), you'll have to recover the password to RDP into the server.
To recover the Windows password for the 'administrator', go to the server's Info tab. Under the Initial Admin Password section, enter your Dashboard login password to view the admin password that was assigned to the instance.
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