Remote desktop into Windows 2003 Enterprise R2 SP2 in a home network

I have a home network, which consists of a Linksys Wireless-G broadband router. This router gives out dynamic IP addresses to laptops and workstations. I remember that when I had Windows 2003 standard installed on one workstation, I could remote into it using Terminal Service.

I’ve since installed Windows 2003 Enterprise R2 SP2, and my remote desktop stopped working. I could not even ping this workstation’s IP address from my laptop, which was really frustrating. After some research, here is what I did to make it work, feel free to make suggestions, as my way may not follow security best practices. Someday I need to take a computer networking class.

Go to services on the machine, find Windows Firewall/Internet Connection Sharing (ICS), disable it.

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