Howto: Change Windows Server 2003 RDP Port

By default, Windows Terminal Server and Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) listen on TCP port 3389.

To change the port to your custom port, you may refer to below:-

1. Open the registry editor.
2. Navigate to,

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Terminal Server\WinStations\RDP-Tcp

3. Find the “PortNumber” and change to your needed port.

To be secure, reboot your server to apply new port.

SMTP: The service could not bind instance 1. The data is the error code.

I was helping a client server as mentioned the email form could send an email.

The server ran with IIS 7.5 with IIS SMTP services. Hence, I was trying to open the IIS 6.0 and start the SMTP services when found it is stopped.


However, when I trying to start the IIS SMTP services, it is prompt an alert.

At the same time, the event viewer is showing the error as below.

Event ID: 115
Source: SMTPSVC
Description: The service could not bind instance 1.
The data is the error code.

With the above error, it might meant that the SMTP port of 25 is being assigned to your email software installed to the server. To overcome the problem, refer to the step as below.

1. Open the IIS 6.0.
2. Double click the hostname and right click the Default SMTP Virtual Server then click on Properties.
3. Click on the Advance button and change the TCP port to 2525.

Well done, you have done.