Server Fault is a question and answer site for system and network administrators. Join them; it only takes a minute:

Sign up
Here's how it works:
  1. Anybody can ask a question
  2. Anybody can answer
  3. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top

Suppose we have Windows Server 2008 R2 without any RDS CAL's. Is it possible to give access to Remote Desktop to a user which is not in 'Administrators' group ? I've tried everything and it seems that it is not, but I may be wrong.

share|improve this question
Did you try adding the user in question to the Remote Desktop users Group? That should work even on regular old limit 2 sessions non-licensed servers. – Andrew Rice May 3 '11 at 18:47
Yes, and it doesn't work. – malloc4k May 3 '11 at 18:52

Add the non-Administrator users that need Remote Desktop access to the "Remote Desktop Users" group on the server.

share|improve this answer
I've tried that. It does not work. I'm still getting notice that I have no rights to log in. – malloc4k May 3 '11 at 18:47
@Malloc4k, Can that user login at the console? – Zoredache May 3 '11 at 21:38
There are relevant troubleshooting steps here: Based on the limited description of the problem, it's hard to tell if the root cause is user rights, RDP client security requirements, or perhaps a mis-configuration of the RDS or the firewall. – aharden May 4 '11 at 15:28
Btw, this non-admin user's password can not be blank! – wqw Aug 15 '11 at 14:01

Your Answer


By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.