I decided to write up this quick 10-Step blog post to show everyone how they can setup their Burst.net Windows VPS to run DesktopCatcher. Keep in mind that these instructions are only for visitors who want to install the DesktopCatcher software on their Burst.net Windows VPS and begin drop catching domains. If you are trying to setup your Windows VPS for something different these instructions may not work out perfectly for you. Please note, for this to work you must order your VPS through Burst.net and it must be running Windows Server 2012.
Step 1) Order your Windows VPS from Burst.net
Step 2) Open the email BurstNET: VPS Account Information and find the VPS Control Panel URL as well as the Username/Password.
Step 3) Login to the Control Panel
Step 4) Once you’re logged in you should see your VPS details including the Status, IP Address..etc. Click the VNC button.
Step 5) If a “Security Warning” box comes up you’ll need to check the I accept the risk and want to run this application option and then press Run.
Step 6) Now you should notice a new window open up on your PC. This is your VNC window. First, check the I accept the license and terms for using Windows box and then press the Accept button.
Step 7) Next, select your Country/region, Language and Keyboard Layout. Click Next.
Step 8) The next step is to setup your Administrator password. Make it something tough as it must bee the password complexity requirements of Windows.
Once you click the Finalize button it will take a few minutes to Finalize all of your settings. Once that is completed you will be prompted with a window that shows the current PC time. Look in the top left corner of your VNC window and click the Send Ctrl-Alt-Del button. Click the Administrator avatar and login with the password you just created in Step 8.
Step 9) You have now just logged into your new VPS from the VNC client. What we need to do now is turn on the Remote Desktop feature so you can easily access your new VPS without this VNC client.
To begin, (assuming you are using Windows Server 2012), wait for the Server Manager to load (this should open automatically once you’re logged into the VPS). Next, click Local Server on the left hand side. Once the server properties load find the property titled Remote Desktop and click on Disabled.
This will bring up a System Properties windows. Select the Allow remote connections to this computer option and then click OK on the popup. Apply and Save these settings by clicking OK again.
Step 10) We’re just about done! Go ahead and close out of the Service Manager windows – we won’t need that anymore! Also, go ahead and press the Disconnect button at the top of your VNC client and close out of that – we won’t need it anymore either! If you still have your VPS Control Panel open in your web browser you can close out of that – but be sure to note your VPS IP address because we’ll need that next!
Finally, close out of everything and click the Start menu on your local desktop. Find Remote Desktop Connection and select it (you may need to do a search if you don’t see it). There will be one box on your Remote Desktop Connection widows, enter your VPS IP address and click Connect. A “Windows Security” box will come up. Choose Use another account and enter Administrator for the username followed by the Password you setup in Step 8. You may also want to select Remember my credentials for quicker access in the future.
Once you click OK you may be prompted by one other window that states the remote computer cannot be authenticated. This is okay – just check the Don’t ask me again for connections to this computer and click the Yes button.
That’s it! Your new Windows VPS has been all setup and you’re ready to download, install and begin using DesktopCatcher! Anytime you want to manage the software simply open Remote Desktop Connection and get connected. Also, there are numerous remote desktop connection apps out there for iPhones and other devices. You can easily manage this server from almost anywhere! Feel free to open the standard internet explorer that’s included and download FireFox or any other browser you may prefer to use. Once you’re done simply click the X button located in the center top of your Remote Desktop Connection window. A popup will then come up and you’ll need to click the OK button.
If you have any other questions about this please feel free to contact us. Happy Drop Catching!
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