Monday, May 16, 2016

AD 2012 R2 - Enable Remote Desktop Connections via Group Policy

Another helpful GPO I use is Enabling Remote Desktop. No matter how many times I add a server to a domain I always seem to forget this setting.

So in Group Policy Management go to Domains > Your Domain > Right Click on Group Policy Objects and select New. In the Name field call it Enable RDP and Click OK. Right Click on the new GPO and select Edit.

There are two areas to modify here. Under Computer > Policies > Administrative > Templates > Windows Components > Remote Desktop Services > Remote Desktop Session Host > Connections. You want to set Allow users to connect remotely by using Remote Desktop Services to Enabled

Then under Security set Require user authentication for remote connections by using Network Level Authentication to Disabled otherwise that checkbox will be checked by default.

So if you check the settings you should have:

Link the GPO to your servers OU and do a GPUpdate /force on the server. If you did it correctly you should see that all three options are greyed out:

More to come!

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