I am running Windows 7 on my Desktops that are connecting to the office AD Domain, and we connect to a remote set of servers that are on their own AD Domain. Remote Desktop refuses to save our credentials. My Boss want to be able to save his connection settings to a folder like he did in previous version for quickly connecting to the servers. Server 2008 seems to not correctly support this. If i look at the logs it looks like the client is sending the computer name as the user name and not what is saved.

Does anyone know how to enable the saving of the credentials in these version of Windows and RDC?

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One quick and easy way to get this working is to use Remote Desktop Connection Manager.

It's an awesome utility. Save credentials. Handles resolution automatically. Makes for easy access to multiple servers. Makes my life sooooooooo much easier :-)

  • Very nice. I remember seeing that in windows before, and never really used it. I will suggest this so far it works well for me.
    – Travis
    Aug 18, 2010 at 15:35

I remember there is one setting on the RDS server that says always prompt for password, another setting to disallow saving password. it's either in RDS host configuration or GPO.


Use Terminals.
It allows you to have tabbed RDP sessions and you can tag your servers to they are organized.


Start mstsc, put in the server ip address or name, put in the username in the form domain\username (where domain is either the AD domain or the local machine), click the Options button, check the box that reads "allow me to save credentials", click the Save as button, save it with whatever name you want to where ever you want, click the Connect button, type the password and select the box that reads "remember my credentials". Bada bing, you've just saved that connection with your credentials and need only to double click it in the future to automatically connect and log in.


It sounds like a GPO or possibly even a local policy, affecting the target machines, causing them to ignore credentials saved on the client. If this is the case it won't matter what RDP client you use, you will still be prompted for at least your password.

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