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Configuring the Remote Desktop Users Group

Published: May 26, 2010

Updated: February 16, 2011

Applies To: Windows Server 2008 R2

The Remote Desktop Users group on an RD Session Host server is used to give users and groups permission to remotely connect to an RD Session Host server.

You can add users and groups to the Remote Desktop Users group in the following ways:

  • Local Users and Groups snap-in

  • Active Directory Users and Computers snap-in, if the RD Session Host server is installed on a domain controller

  • On the Remote tab in the System Properties dialog box on an RD Session Host server

You can use the following procedure to add users and groups to the Remote Desktop Users group by using the Remote tab in the System Properties dialog box on an RD Session Host server.

Membership in the local Administrators group, or equivalent, on the RD Session Host server that you plan to configure, is the minimum required to complete this procedure.

  1. Start the System tool. To start the System tool, click Start, click Run, type control system and then click OK.

  2. Under Tasks, click Remote settings.

  3. In the System Properties dialog box, on the Remote tab, click Select Users. Add the users or groups that need to connect to the RD Session Host server or to the virtual machine by using Remote Desktop. The users and groups that you add are added to the Remote Desktop Users group.

    noteNote
    Members of the local Administrators group can connect even if they are not listed.

    If you select Don't allow connections to this computer on the Remote tab, no users will be able to connect remotely to this computer, even if they are members of the Remote Desktop Users group.

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