Thursday, May 31, 2012

Configure Remote Desktop through Group Policy

Any time I can set something to be centrally managed, I'll do it. Group Policy is the best way to do that for Windows Servers, and we can configure Remote Desktop within Group Policy. The good news is that it is really easy to deploy for a computer account, and can be done centrally with a Group Policy Object (GPO) that applies to computer accounts.

Within Group Policy, navigate to the Computer Configuration | Policies | Administrative Templates | Windows Components | Remote Desktop Session Host | Connections section of Group Policy; here, you can set the "Allow users to connect remotely using Remote Desktop Services" value to be enabled. This configuration is shown in Figure below: