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Uploading Files from Linux to Windows CVM using RDP

Last updated: 2022-04-07 15:24:05


    rdesktop is an open source client for Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) that allows a local computer to connect to a Windows CVM. This document describes how to use it to upload files from a local Linux computer to a Tencent Cloud CVM with the Windows Server 2012 R2 operating system.


    • The Linux computer should be built with a visualized interface to use rdesktop.
    • This document uses a CVM with CentOS 7.6 installed as an example. Note that the steps may vary according to the operating system version.


    You have purchased a Windows CVM.


    Obtaining a public IP

    Log in to the CVM console, navigate to the Instances page, and record the public IP of the CVM to which you want to upload files, as shown below:

    Installing rdesktop

    1. Open a terminal window and run the following command to download rdesktop. This step uses rdesktop v1.8.3 as an example.
      wget https://github.com/rdesktop/rdesktop/releases/download/v1.8.3/rdesktop-1.8.3.tar.gz

    If you want to install the latest version, visit the rdesktop page on GitHub to find it. Then replace the path in the command with that of the latest version.
    2. Run the following commands to decompress the installation package and enter the directory.

    tar xvzf rdesktop-1.8.3.tar.gz
    cd rdesktop-1.8.3
    1. Run the following commands to compile and install rdesktop.
    make install
    1. After the installation is complete, run the following command to check if rdesktop is successfully installed:

    Uploading files

    1. Run the following command to specify the shared folder:
      rdesktop [cvm_public_ip]  -u [cvm_account] -p [cvm_password] -r disk:[shared_folder_name]=[local_folder_path]

    • The default account for the Windows CVM is Administrator.
    • If you use a system default password to log in to the instance, go to the Message Center to obtain the password first.
    • If you’ve forgotten your password, you can reset the instance password.

    For example, run the following command to share the /home folder on your local Linux computer with the specified CVM, and rename it as share.

    rdesktop 118.xx.248.xxx  -u Administrator -p 12345678 -r disk:share=/home

    If the operation is successful, the Windows Desktop appears.
    Click in the lower-left corner and select My Computer to see a list of shared folders.
    2. Double click a shared folder to open it. Copy desired local files to another drive of the Windows CVM.
    For example, copy the file A from the share folder to the C drive of Windows CVM.

    Downloading files

    To download files from the Windows CVM to your computer, you only need to copy desired files from the CVM to a shared folder.

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