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Enable Remote Desktop by Using an Answer File

Updated: October 20, 2013

Applies To: Windows 8, Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2012, Windows Server 2012 R2

To enable remote desktop connections during an unattended installation, you must configure several settings and enable the Remote Desktop group in Windows® Firewall with Advanced Security.

  1. On your technician computer, open Windows System Image Manager (Windows SIM). Click Start, type Windows System Image Manager, and then select Windows System Image Manager.

  2. Create a new answer file, or update an existing answer file. For more information, see Create or Open an Answer File and Best Practices for Authoring Answer Files.

    Add these settings to your answer file in the listed configuration pass:


    Component Configuration pass


    4 specialize


    4 specialize

  3. In the Answer File pane, configure these settings:


    Component Value





    Group=Remote Desktop


  4. (Optional) Specify how users are authenticated. Specifying the following setting will help make sure that users can connect remotely from computers that don't run Remote Desktop by using network-level authentication. To enable remote desktop connections from computers that are running any version of Remote Desktop, add this setting to your answer file:


    Component Configuration pass Value


    4 specialize


    You're now ready to install your Windows image.

For more information about Windows® components and settings that you can add to an answer file, see the Unattended Windows Setup Reference.

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