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Start a Session

Applies To: Windows Server 2008 R2

You can start a new session or connect to an existing session by using the Remote Desktops snap-in.

Membership in the local Remote Desktop Users group on the remote computer is the minimum required to complete this procedure. If you connect to a session by using the /admin option, membership in the local Administrators group on the remote computer is the minimum required to complete this procedure.

ImportantImportant
If you are connecting to a domain controller, ensure that the user account has the Allow logon through Remote Desktop Services user right.

To start or connect to a session
  1. Open the Remote Desktops snap-in. To do this, click Start, point to Administrative Tools, point to Remote Desktop Services, and then click Remote Desktops.

  2. In the console tree, expand Remote Desktops.

  3. Under Remote Desktops, click the name of the computer that you want to connect to.

    If the connection does not begin in a few seconds, right-click the computer name, and then click Connect.

  4. If you are prompted for credentials, enter your logon credentials, and then click OK.

    noteNote
    You can configure saved credential behavior on the General tab, when you view the properties of the connection. For more information, see Modify an Existing Connection.

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