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Is it possible to add a user to the allowed rdp accounts from the commandline?

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Sure, you can use the NET command:

NET LOCALGROUP "Remote Desktop Users" domain\jscott /ADD

This would add the domain user domian\jscott to the local group Remote Desktop Users. If you'd like to add a non-domain user, simply leave off the domain prefix:

NET LOCALGROUP "Remote Desktop Users" keyoke /ADD

This would add the local user keyoke to the local group Remote Desktop Users.

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  • great if machine is not part of domain would I just use COMPUTER-NAME? – keyoke Mar 7 '12 at 11:55
  • See edits for adding local user. – jscott Mar 7 '12 at 11:59
  • ah crap... dont have sufficient permissions and cant remember my admin password – keyoke Mar 7 '12 at 12:02
  • @keyoke Have a quick search of related questions, it's not much work to reset the local administrator's password on Windows. – jscott Mar 8 '12 at 0:19
  • You may need to set Computer\HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Terminal Server:fDenyTSConnections to 0 in addition if RDP isn't enabled on the machine – Rahul Misra Oct 29 '20 at 10:04

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